It’s time to take the bullshit by the horns

19th October 2018, 12:00am
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It’s time to take the bullshit by the horns

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Our profession is being bullshitted. And I've had enough.

Think back, fellow teachers: what have you done today because you were asked to knowing it provided no educational value? What have you done this week that has made you feel undervalued or distrusted? What would you have chosen to do otherwise? Why didn't you?

Inputting bullshit data into bullshit spreadsheets?

Performing for a bullshit observation and getting bullshit feedback? Or worse, getting bullshit learning-walked and getting none?

Filing bullshit lesson plans on bullshit whole-school templates?

Accounting for bullshit Pupil Premium activity to please the bean counters?

Perhaps you were the one compiling the data, carrying out the bullshit observation cycle or enforcing the bullshit SOPs?

The bullshit isn't limited to teaching. It pervades the education system.

There's the bullshit consultants: Ofsted consultants, leadership consultants, a soon-to-arise army of curriculum consultants. Consultants to run your extra revision sessions and consultants to deliver your staff CPD.

And of course, the bullshit excuses from Damian Hinds. His department is the fountainhead of the bullshit cascade drowning our schools. If you're one of the lucky ones not suffocated by the smell, enjoy the clean air and take care you don't get thrown.

Blaming the previous government? Bullshit. They've had 8 years.

Blaming academics? Bullshit. As if schools are free to choose who to listen to.

Blaming Ofsted? Bullshit. The power to truly reform them is legislative power. No change of inspection framework can alter the corrupt and corrupting core of it.

Blaming school leaders? Bullshit. In an academised system, more are accountable directly to the DfE.

Blaming student behaviour? Bullshit. If we spent less time justifying our existence, we might have more time to prevent behaviours manifesting.

It's time we mucked out this system for good.

JL Dutaut is a teacher of politics and citizenship

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