Only one in five?

Having worked in a few jobs in my time, you soon get a feel for judging people’s competence as it relates to you and how they do their jobs. With engineers who do maintenance there are essentially two schools, those who adhere to the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” method and those who when dealing with a service will strip something down to its component parts and rebuild it. Both have their advantages and both their potential problems, but both will give you a general idea about the competence of the engineers involved with either the fault to running ratio or the fact that when it’s rebuilt it works first time every time. You soon spot the bad/lazy engineers by the fact that you trail around after them and sooner or later the company will act and remove the incompetent (sometimes by promotion) if only because the other engineers refuse to work with them, same with people who have a lackadaisical attitude to safety and cleanliness. Sadly when it comes to other professions, different rules apply.


Some 740 teachers were accused of inadequacy over the past 18 months according to a survey of 82 Local Education Authorities (LEAs) – a figure that would equate to almost 1,600 if repeated across England and Wales.
But during the same period heads sacked just 154 teachers in the 82 LEAs surveyed, equal to 327 across the country or about four a week over the last year and a half.
Education experts said excessive red tape and the strength of teaching unions meant it was too hard to sack underperforming staff.
Instead many school leaders play “pass the parcel” with poor teachers, encouraging them to move to other schools ensuring they remain in the classroom “year after year”, it was claimed.
The new figures, obtained by the Sunday Times under the Freedom of Information Act, show that compared with the 154 teachers who were sacked, 174 resigned from their positions.
A further 132 cases remain unclosed and the remainder either kept their jobs or retired.
Teaching unions said teachers were being “managed out of the classroom” and accused heads of moving teachers to different posts instead of ordering official capability hearings.
But Prof Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said: “Too many poor teachers remain in their jobs year after year after year. They do harm. We owe it to the children to intervene effectively.”
Current restrictions make it “nearly impossible” to prove a teacher is not up to standard, and coupled with this are “strong” unions who defend members vigorously, he said.

No, I don’t blame the unions for defending their members to the best of their abilities, what I do blame is the culture and regulations which the unions take advantage of to keep the incompetent in place. Education is far to important to this countries future to allow those who cannot educate to remain within the system. There are enough procedures and safeguards within the current employment system to prevent capricious sackings for all areas of employment but yet again it seems to be the public sectors where incompetence is allowed to flourish at the expense of the average punter who is paying for the services provided. No, I’m not suggesting wholesale sackings either, it might be that some people can be rehabilitated and certainly we need a system where incompetence, lack of confidence and general unsuitability can be identified and corrected. If there are up to 1600 incompetent teachers still in the profession, then it’s 1600 too many, you’d expect to find a few and those few to be dealt with as swiftly as a just system can manage. The left (and socialism) has wrecked an education system by over regulation and protectionism, coupled with a diluting of core values to the state where this countries future is threatened (possibly their plan in the first place) but their lack of foresight has allowed a well educated elite to run/ruin the country and no-one from the real working class is educated enough to step in and prevent this from happening any more.

Perhaps this was the plan after all, certainly it was part of the Frankfurt Schools agenda, though I suspect they’ve been refined over the years by other powers, after all an ill educated underclass kept happy with bread and circuses would never be a threat to them (they think) but that way will lead to decline and barbarism as happened with too many civilisations in the past.

Perhaps it really is time for a revolution whilst we still can…

9 comments for “Only one in five?

  1. December 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

    “… after all an ill educated underclass kept happy with bread and circuses would never be a threat to them (they think)…”

    It’s more than that – they’ll also swallow government policy as presented by all the fakecharities and quangos and clamour for ‘something to be done!’ about whatever it is the government wants to crack down on.

  2. Abel
    December 29, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Is it just me or did anyone else wonder what the 740 were accused of inadequacy about? Whilst I agree there are going to be a substantial number who are just basically incompetent, how many are judged as inadequate because they don’t toe the progressive party line?

    My son is at primary school (the last year) and of all the teachers he has had so far (including both head-teachers, as one left for personal reasons) I would trust only one to cover the basics in an unbiased manner. Yep, you guessed it, she’s the one that is constantly defamed by all the others, undermined by the heads and given all the jobs no-one wants (amazing since all the parents clamour to get their child in her class).

    My personal belief is that the entire education sector is broken beyond repair. The real ‘teachers’, as opposed to those progressive, misadronistic idiots both running the schools and in the classrooms, seem to have been leaving in droves.

    So I’d prefer it if the teachers viewed as ‘the leading lights of the profession’ were sacked instead – I suspect it would improve education a bit more too.

    • December 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Good point…

    • Jiks
      December 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      These were my thoughts as well. Being right-on but useless is fine, double plus good I suspect.

      But actually teaching real facts or, God-forbid, critical thinking skills, well you would be out on your behind in no time: “Mr X, you have been found guilty of Incitement to Think in a public place…”

  3. Daedalus
    December 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Your intro has been only to true in my experience of over 35 years as a maintenance engineer, laterally as senior engineer within a couple of companies. And it does apply in all walks of life, the trouble with teaching is it is the teachers who are with our children for most of the time in their formative years, these poor attitudes and incompetence rub off. You never ever put an apprentice with the lazy/incompetent fitter.

  4. Robert Edwards
    December 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    It’s been a savage cycle in place since the 1960s, due to the selective adoption of some of the worst excesses of the ‘liberal’ school of education – Dartington, Bedales, etc. ‘Self-expression’ being the most insidious of these, but there were others.

    So, there have been several generations of ‘teachers’ moving through the system since then and many are at the head of the pyramid.

    So what chance have the kids got if their history teacher thinks that Hitler was a British General?

  5. microdave
    December 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Reading through some of the posts (and subsequent comments) at John Shade’s blog confirms that any teachers who dare to question the “We are all doomed because of Man Made Global Warming” line, are very likely to be ostracised by the rest…

    “So what chance have the kids got if their history teacher thinks that Hitler was a British General?”

    In my case (even as far back as the early 70’s) my history teacher was an avowed Marxist, and the only thing he taught was the works of Chairman Mao…

  6. ivan
    December 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I started teaching general engineering in 1960 at a Technical High School but got out five years later into industry when I saw the writing on the wall.

    They did not want teachers that taught the children to think for themselves. There was a suggestion that I and several others should attend special training courses in ‘new think’ – they didn’t call it that but that was what it was. Most of us left, including the head, at about the same time. Then they turned a very good school – equivalent to a grammar in GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels passed – that parents wanted their children to attend, into one the education department found it hard to fill.

    What is needed is a complete clean out of the education system with the removal of all teachers and education department – both state and local – that subscribe to the liberal, marxist agenda.

    One way to do that would be to remove all state control of schools, funding would be attached to the pupils so that if a group of parents wanted to set up a school they could. Final examinations should be set by the universities as they were in my day and children should be allowed to fail if they didn’t meet the standard.

    Will it happen? Not unless the government is forced into it.

  7. December 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

    My mother is fairly left-leaning and even
    she found it too much and left the profession in the late 90’s.

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