I came across a couple of these posts on another forum and they struck me as being pretty shaking. Now I have long beleived, on anecdotal evidence, that the Ofst*d driven bs masquerading as educational management began in the UK but rapidly travelled onto the international circuit with deleterious results. The UK teaching profession seems to have been beaten by it. Will the international teaching profession succumb - or has it done so already? Here are the posts. Comments? My take is that the worst managers and teachers gravitate - not OUT of the profession - but to the TOP of the profession. There is a cycle of ever increasing incompetence at the SMT/Leadership level which is perpetuating itself. <font face="Times New Roman"> </font> Incompetence leads to bullying and it is no accident that bullying is becoming an epidemic in the profession, as the quality of the leadership steadily falls. Particularly popular targets for bullying are people with wide experience and long careers of obvious achievement and competence, because they are the reminders of how things could and should be done. The worst things you can bring to teaching these days are common sense and experience from Industry. God forbid you have better than average academic qualifications as this will mark you out for failure your entire career. We have a newly appointed head of department who is now a "Director of Learning in ..." Nonsense! She is a young, thick automaton who will do anything for her promotion. Thick as two short planks of woods and absolutely no moral fibre: a witless waste of space who is, ironically, sure to be an assistant head before long. This creature rarely offers an opinion outside of the management thinking pattern, totally devoid of intelligent sensibility and academic prowess. Horrible little worm! "