Odds and suds

16th January 2009, 12:00am

Share

Odds and suds

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archive/odds-and-suds

It is interesting that The TES advertises a new series of Waterloo Road (TES Magazine, January 2). The soap is stuffed with “issues” and propaganda. I’ve observed some of the messages it puts across. Here are a few:

- The average comprehensive is surviving - even thriving - despite the chaos of misbehaviour and “aims” in education.

- The kids are sterling stuff, though often obnoxious.

- The old-style “martinet” teacher is a fascist in disguise and not the type we want.

- Teaching assistants are the salt of the earth.

- Any private investor in schools is a snake in the grass.

- American evangelical religious influences are evil and lead to book-burning.

- The bright “young” female leader or head is an ideal type, despite (or maybe because of) her background in prostitution.

No surprise that the creator of Waterloo Road, Ann McManus, finds her issues in The TES, since the underlying opinion of the paper seems so like Waterloo Road.

Nigel Probert, Porthmadog, Wales.

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Register for free to read more

You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below.

Alternatively, you can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

Already registered? Log in

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Subscribe to read more

You can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

This is 0 of 1

Now only £1 a month for 3 months

Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content. Or register to get 2 articles free per month.

Already registered? Log in

This is 0 of 1

Now only £1 a month for 3 months

Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content.