Not all of us in higher education are raving left-wing idealogues with an axe to grind. Some of us actually care about the subjects that we are teaching, and would like some respect for that.

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7 comments for “Education

  1. Lord T
    June 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I always smile when people defend a situation that they areinvolved it.

    Most teachers care for the children but the extremists are in charge
    Most muslims are moderate but the extremists are in charge
    Most policemen are there to help people but the extremists are in charge
    Most politicians are….. Oh!

    Well not every situation fits into that catagory

    • Voice of Reason
      June 16, 2011 at 4:26 am

      And you and I have talked before on your site. The extremists are not necessarily in charge. However, my experience is that the administrations in education are dominated by Education, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. Those comprise disciplines where opinions often count more than facts.

      • Lord T
        June 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

        I agree but they always seem to get their way though when dealing with moderates.

        We agree most teachers want to educate children but they are clearly not. So they are not getting their own way. The few extremists may not be in charge but they certainly pull the strings.

        So either;
        Most teachers are happy with teaching as it is
        Most teachers are unhappy but can’t do anything about it
        Most teachers are unhappy and won’t do anything about it

        I suspect there is an element of all three in the mix and that is why nothing is being done.

        • Voice of Reason
          June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

          Some of us are still pushing back.

  2. June 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    You’re right – there are still some great teachers out there (mainly in the private sector, unfortunately!) but many talented people have left the profession, disillusioned by the politicisation of education, the national curriculum, the shift from education to babysitting/training, the class/school sizes, the appalling OFSTED.. the list is endless.

    By and large, my sympathy is with those remaining – they have an extremely difficult job – but I smiled at this quote from the linked article; “It’s time for parents to listen to teachers, and to treat them like professionals.”

    Sadly, the horrors of our state education system deters the cream of the crop and many current teachers – in my experience – cannot be respected as professionals.

  3. Sue
    June 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    There are alot of things wrong with our education system.

    Firstly, discipline. Both at home and at school. Parents aren´t allowed to chastise their kids and neither are teachers. I taught my kids how to behave and what was socially acceptable behaviour. I have known quite a few talented people who have given up teaching purely because of the lack of discipline and respect.

    Secondly, schooling has to be impartial. The teacher is there to teach facts or to encourage discussion but not to impose or indoctrinate the pupils into any ideology, no matter what the EU says.

    Thirdly, I agree with you. Schools should be run by good, unbiased teachers and not governments. Teachers and parents should be a team and work together.

    Fourth, life is competitive. School has to be competitive. Not every child will excel academically but we are all good at something! The real challenge is to find what the child is good at and as long as that child has the basic skills needed for life, concentrate on those.

    Lastly, concentrate on core subjects that matter in the real world of work. Literacy, Maths, Science, Languages, History and Geography. Separate the more academically inclined from the rest of them. We have a responsibility to wholeheartedly encourage those that really excel. They are the future professionals and their backgrounds should be irrelevant.

    • ivan
      June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

      As an ex-teacher and an engineer I couldn’t agree more. The sooner we get the loony left ideology out of teaching and schools the better.

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