Independent Comment in 'Dear Lord Adonis...' Steve McCormack (part-time secondary-school teacher) writes:
'Can I suggest one way of saving a little? Scrap a vast chunk of the paperwork being produced at the Department for Education and Skills for teachers and heads. Every month dozens of new publications are expensively produced by policy wonks trying to reinvent the wheel. They are not being read! Don't bother. Send the civil servants producing them to be class assistants. In fact, why not cut away all the policy fluff and concentrate only on what's happening in classrooms? ......'
'Which brings me back to behaviour, or, if you prefer, respect. At last you're conceding the seriousness of the problem: better late than never. Every teacher knows the anti-learning, anti-authority culture is spreading like an oil-slick aound the school system. It's almost everywhere, and threatens to undermine much of what's new and what's good. So, a final plea: please put everything else on the back-burner while you deal with this. It'll be time, and money, well spent.'
But hold on a minute...we desperately need some of that time for tackling the Ed. Institutes and all early reading instruction. g.
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