The political / education world has gone quite mad! This is from the London Evening Standard (24/11/2010): 'Hundreds of battle-hardened ex-soldiers are to be drafted into classrooms to improve discipline and tackle yobs under landmark education reforms announced today. They could be fast-tracked from the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan into schools as teachers within six weeks. Education Secretary Michael Gove said: ?I can't think of anything better than getting people who know all about self-discipline, teamwork and a sense of pride into our schools to complement the huge numbers of great teachers we have there at the moment.? He praised Britain's armed forces as ?among the finest young men and women we have in this country?. Those without a degree will have tuition fees paid by the taxpayer to do a two-year training course under the ?Troops to Teachers? programme. Officers with degrees could be in classrooms within weeks. The Department for Education is working with Sandhurst on how to fast-track former officers into teaching.' It is also highly insulting to suggest that six weeks is sufficient to train a teacher - and implies that classrooms are battlefields!