Mike Kent, the Times Educational Supplement columnist, who is an experienced headteacher (and a consistently witty and wise writer too) has written a great column
this week on the two teacher books that have been in the news recently: Katherine Birbalsingh's "To Miss With Love" and Charlie Carroll's "On The Edge". His last paragraph is worth quoting:
"Books such as Ms Birbalsingh's and Mr Carroll's are important reads, but there is a fair amount of scaremongering about them and the average reader could easily believe that what they describe is the norm. It isn't. And even in schools where it is, the route to putting things right isn't exactly rocket science."
I couldn't agree more. The schools described in these books are not "normal" and it's worrying that the authors have promoted them by pretending they are.