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Why do you think Hinds ignored the biggest issues in education?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    People's silence can often speak volumes so it’s interesting to note the issues that the education secretary failed to mention in his Conservative Party conference speech. The issues Damian Hinds didn't mention are:

    Academies – in the light of recent scandals surely more oversight is needed.

    Exclusions and off-rolling – increase in the number of exclusions and some schools exploiting the system by off-rolling students to gain a better position on league tables.

    School funding – government ministers like to spit out the common soundbite of spending more on education than ever before but the reality for many schools is that they are under-funded and they do not have the money for resources, services and staff. Headteachers took to the streets last week to protest about this issue, but the education secretary remained tight-lipped on the funding crisis.

    Teacher recruitment – there are no quick-fixes to address the crisis in the profession but there doesn’t even seem to be any interest in trying to solve the problem.

    Workload – Hinds recently admitted that the government can’t do much to ease the burden on teachers even though policies and education reforms have led to more work, stress and poor mental health.

    Does his silence on these issues reveal more than the government realises?

  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Rather than revealing more than they realise, I think it's revealing their priorities.
    1.Academies are still a party priority - they hate local government having meaningful power and just want local government to deliver services as directed. A structural failure in delivery doesn't mean (in their eyes) that the whole policy is wrong.
    2. Exclusions would seem to be counter to the "no children left behind" agenda, but some children count more than others.
    3. Austerity trumps everything. They want to shrink the state, not grow it.
    4. See 3
    5. See 3
  3. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    It reflects that these are all problems caused by tory policies.
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Teachers are getting uppity again. They need slapping down. Like all public sector workers they're only in it for the gold plated pensions and the fact that they go home at half past three every afternoon. Irony alert.:mad:
    They can't do much because, they don't want to. Even if there was a computer programm that magically did all the work, they'd replace it with more stuff. The problem isn't so much recruitment as with retention, but they'd prefer to suck the energy out of youngsters and then throw them away. They've done a whizzy soft centred advertisement to persuade people that they love us doing the human bits of education.
  5. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    It’s living proof of the ‘Big Lie’ idea. As pioneered by Adolf: tell a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.’ By failing to acknowledge the hideous reality of the mess of UK education, Hinds is telling the biggest of big lies. He distorts reality to fit Theresa Mayday’s extreme agenda. Thing is, we can all see through it. Useless tool...any of us would have done a better job than Gove, Mogron or Hinds.
    katykook likes this.
  6. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    The future vision of state education is one that is delivered through private for-profit companies. To maximise profit it will need to be tech heavy, and resource light. Once the vision is firmly in your mind, the ignored 5 'issues' are easily explained:
    a) academies - their success or lack of is measured entirely through the balance sheet. Educational outcomes are largely irrelevant. If needed, just change the way you define a 'good' education.
    b) exclusions - SEN kids are expensive to educate properly, and tech often aggravates their conditions. Kicking them out is the easiest / cheapest solution.
    c) a for profit school - by definition - has less to spend on educating children. The 'increased efficiencies' lie is trotted out occasionally to muddy the waters here.
    d) a deprofessionalised workforce is cheaper and more compliant. It's also important to have a high turnover, as everyone works it out eventually. Unqualified staff are cheaper and easier to control.
    e) tired and stressed teachers are less likely to get uppity. Also it means they leave just as they begin to become expensive.
    It does mean that the quality of education suffers, but as anyone who counts sends their kids to private school, who cares? The anti-teacher articles in the Daily Mail and the Sun keep the general public from listening to teachers' warnings - and so it continues.
    tterb, Mrsmumbles, Jamvic and 5 others like this.
  7. Betterreadthandead

    Betterreadthandead New commenter

    Yes it was all marvelous under Labour!
  8. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    In comparison, yes it was!
    Mrsmumbles and schoolsout4summer like this.
  9. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Yes it was much, much better under Labour. The only thing worse was the level of lies and Tory propaganda that was promoted by the UK Media.
  10. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    I wasn't a big fan of New Labour but I was never close to quitting teaching whereas now I'm nearly two years out from my last teaching job.
    -Maximilian- and Mrsmumbles like this.
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I ****** despise the Tories. Just adding my four penn’orth!
  12. BTBAM

    BTBAM New commenter

    It was actually, especially compared to this!!!
    JL48 likes this.

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