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Discussion in 'Education news' started by ricjamclick, Mar 7, 2016.
I think they could have, but probably wouldn't even then.
I think we would. Too many teaching union who aren't all united in their support of their membership just weakens any action they undertake or propose.
I'd like to think we would have, for the right reasons and on a united front, but I sadly doubt it.
I'd suggest that the same apathy would still rule.
But I'm not sure I can be bothered
Sadly, I think teachers like to moan, but often don't want to rock the boat.
The last time I remember any effective, united action was in the earlyish eighties.
Also, there are so many disparities between schools, so that those who work in a 'happy' school, are content with the status quo.
(Not me though. I think the situation has been appalling for many years)
No, in my experience you could not get teachers of one union to agree - putting them in one combined union would just result in the same kind of unwillingness to take action.
Depressing really to think of all the action in the eighties sees us going backwards and worse.
So why are we like this, then? So divided and disparate.
- Is it because as teachers we know how to manipulate and control others when we manage classes, and therefore do it subconsciously amongst ourselves?
- Is it because those who gain power in schools put themselves and their personal needs above those of the whole?
- Is it because we have to prioiritise ourselves to stay sane, so complain but actually do little
- are there other factors?
- Is it a combination of these things?
Though sometimes you just want to stop banging your head against the wall because it hurts you more than the wall.
Fundamentally, we've not decided what Education is for.
Because we don't know that, there are huge fault lines regarding any possibility of action about workload because the views of what we should / should not be doing are divided.