To the Government: Trust our Teachers!

Leah K Stewart's picture
I couldn't imagine a system designed to distrust teachers more!

And it's so sad because I could see my teachers had so much more in them that whoever is dictating to them can even imagine!

This system means that students learn being employed means being exhausted. We learn that it means doing things you know aren't right for the people you serve. We learn that you have no choice if you want an income, and we all want an income.

Does the government know this?

I don't think they do.
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Christine Clark's picture
Sat, 21/02/2015 - 15:06

You are so right. But do the government care? I don't think they do. It's all about votes and teachers are an easy target. And if working class kids get harmed along the way, why would they care?

John Mountford's picture
Sat, 21/02/2015 - 15:34

Thanks, Leah. In a few short words, you have iterated with passion what so many commentators on LSN and elsewhere have been saying for so long. In answer to your question, yes, the government does know what its doing and sadly it is unashamed that it is not in the best interests of society and our young people. You are right also, Christine, teachers are an easy target.

It should matter to authorities what signals are sent to young people in relation to future employment. But when cash is king, that all gets lost, or worse still ignored.

mistemina's picture
Sun, 22/02/2015 - 11:27

Well said Leah.
May I express additional awe for my Secondary Modern School Teachers in Bucks. We still have the arcane Selection 11+ system.
Imagine the pressures on these schools' teachers. Yet no recognition or additional money from our LA or Politicians. Instead they shamelessly ask us, Schools Governors, to put even more pressure on our teachers to deliver better results so their institutionalised elitism is glossed over!

Janet Downs's picture
Sun, 22/02/2015 - 13:20

John - the same situation is in Lincolnshire. Non-selective schools lose high-attaining pupils to grammars and then are pilloried for having low results. No concession is made for the fact that the ability level in these non-selective schools can be skewed to the bottom end.

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