‘Those That Can’t, Teach’ Indeed!

As the government considers a phased reopening of schools, let’s hear it for parents who’ve toughed it out home-schooling their children. Well done, everyone, but you do realise that you’re not real teachers, don’t you?

Are you a real journalist, then, Barbara?

Whatever some of us may tell ourselves during these weeks, parents haven’t been doing what teachers do.

Well, that’s certainly true – I’m sure the incidences of forced diversity appreciation are way, way down! And they’ll be sticking to reading, writing and arithmetic, not horizon-scanning for the latest wild idea. They probably won’t be getting their inner De Niro on either.

The childcare aspect alone has hit home for parents during this period – the fact that schools enable them to do something as fundamental as go to work.

Except that under lockdown, no-one’s going to work.

Then there’s the extracurricular stuff: the shocking amount of often unrecognised (and unpaid) proto-social work that goes on all over the country in Britain’s poorer schools, with many teachers having to feed and clothe their most vulnerable pupils.

Those same teachers always pleading poverty and demanding pay rises so they can finally afford to feed and clothe themselves?

During lockdown, parents may been committed, patient, resourceful and lots of other great and admirable things, but they have not been teachers.

And the children will all turn out a lot better for that, I’m sure!

5 comments for “‘Those That Can’t, Teach’ Indeed!

  1. May 11, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Grrrrrrrr, don’t get me started on the Woke criminals, the new teaching “profession”. Most should be in prison, particularly head teachers.

  2. Ed P
    May 11, 2020 at 10:32 am

    It’s a Grauniad article, so no other comment necessary

  3. macheath
    May 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    From an e-mail sent out today by the NEU:

    We don’t accept that schools can safely open more widely on 1 June. […] No school or college can make plans based on the information we currently have from Government.

    Our strong advice is that, on this basis, you should currently not engage with any planning based on a wider reopening of schools.

    If your head asks you if you will be available for wider working after 1 June, we urge you to reply that you are waiting further advice from your union.

    • Mudplugger
      May 11, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Wonder how long the NEU will be happy to pay the furlough money?

  4. May 12, 2020 at 4:15 am

    When I was an Officer in HM’s RAF, I had ‘welfare’ duties toward my airmen and women. I didn’t get the far higher salary of a zozchial verker though. No Magistrate’s pay when I sat on Court’s Martial. No Celebrity Chef’s accolades when I went to inspect the Airmen’s Mess and asked in a loud voice if there were “Any Complaints”. All that …. “extracurricular stuff: the shocking amount of often unrecognised (and unpaid) proto-social work that goes on all over the country in Britain’s’… armed forces.

    As the old ditty went… “Kiss me goodnight Sgt Bigham”. (Let us give thanks for comely WRAFs)

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