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The Importance of Teachers

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Scintillant, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter


    An excellent blog post on the recruitment and retention crisis from the Disidealist - A TEACHER!

    Entertaining but also infuriating

    Sometimes, people you might not see eye-to-eye with, make it easy. Not only do they paint a target on themselves, but they buy a gun, load it, hand it over to you after delivering a lecture on how to use it, and then take a single step backwards to await the inevitable. So let me say this : this document is called “The Importance ofTeachers“. It is about a teacher shortage crisis. It purports to discuss both recruitment and retention of teachers.

    There is not a single contributor who is a teacher. Yes, that’s right, not one.

    Apart from think-tanker Jonathan Simons, the author, there are : two university academics; three Price Waterhouse consultants; one person from the headteacher (not the teacher) union; two execs from private businesses selling services to the education “market”; two executives from Multi-Academy Trusts; one headteacher with a Teaching Schools Council presence; and, inevitably, an executive from Teach First.

    No teachers. Not one. In 98 pages and 11 essays about recruitment and retention of teachers, there isn’t a single practising teacher.

    And so it goes....
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  2. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Ode to Teaching

    workload, workload, workload, workload,
    workload, workload, workload,
    workload, workload,
    workload, workload,workload

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  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    and especially at secondary,
    behaviour, behaviour, behaviour
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Teachers are commodities, no longer people.
    We are the Untermensch.:(
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  5. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Thank you for the interesting thread. The blog was great. Pithy and to the point. I have come up with a thought about this too. Since I've left the classroom I have rekindled my ability to do some thinking and I rather enjoy it;).
    I think that the reason that not one of the contributors was a teacher, was that actually, they don't want to hear what we have to say. If they asked for our thoughts, opinions and our feelings, they may have to take us seriously, and lets face it, that isn't going to happen.

    I also think (there I go again!) that the opinions of our families, partners, and children should be listened to. My partner was at the receiving end of the results of my ill health because of the horrendous experience I was subjected to from a school. This happened because I had the audacity to follow a harassment and bullying case against my employer, which nearly destroyed me, and did destroy my career
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  6. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Thanks for making me aware of this blog, Scint. Excellent blog!

    I would also like to echo Cal.
    My biggest regret, shame, and anger from teaching came from what my wife and family had to go through!
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  7. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Bless you TCS...mine too. It's given me a lump in my throat.
  8. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    And I still can't buy any whitewash anywhere... :(

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