Twitter users respond to Joe Nutt’s “Why young-adult fiction is a dangerous fantasy”
“You’re a donut, Joe Nutt.”
“Best way to kill a kid’s love of reading is to force them to read a ton of stuff they have no interest in. They forget books can be fun.”
“I swear, if I see one more YA novel about a dystopian future…”
“Some of the best writing I’ve ever read has come out of YA. Don’t you dare devalue it because of snobbery! It’s a gateway to so many.”
“YA books teach kids bad writing habits” says fully grown adult using straw man fallacy as opening paragraph. Where’d you learn yours?”
“That is as bad as me saying that I didn’t enjoy 50 Shades, so all “adult” fiction is worthless.”
“Wow, that’s an impressive 800 words on “why society is dead because it likes different books to me”.”
Facebook users on the chair of Ofsted David Hoare resigning after describing the Isle of Wight as a “poor, inbred, white ghetto”
“It scares me that someone in such a position of power had not yet learned that this was just not something that it’s OK to say.”
“This is the exact problem! The wrong attitude from those at the top.”
“These suits have to learn that their words can hurt people. I’m sure he’ll not be leaving empty-handed.”
“Absolutely right that he should [resign]. Should have done it weeks ago when he first spouted his rubbish.”
From the TES Community forums
Plan for first teaching apprenticeships
I think people who become nursery nurses and teaching assistants because they don’t want/can’t afford to go to university would be attracted to it. Most of us know TAs who would have been capable of becoming teachers. So I don’t think it’s a totally ludicrous idea. But it wouldn’t do anything to address the real shortage areas.
I don’t think it would be feasible in primary schools at all. The system would require experienced (expensive) mentors for the apprentices – just the sort of teachers who are being pushed out of teaching in alarming numbers.
If these apprentices work alongside a qualified teacher in the classroom until they are qualified themselves then the idea has merit. However, you know that after the fourweek access course they will be dropped into a classroom on their own and then expected to cope.
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