He accuses me of being "mischievous" for attacking the prescriptiveness of the proposals. I was, in his annual lecture, "at the heart of darkness". From midnight demon to naughty imp inside a month. There's progress.
The article was riddled with inconsistencies. He states: "It is ridiculous for 25,000 schools to seek their individual solutions to common problems", so heis indeed advocating a singlesolution.
Moreover, he says it is "dangerous" for teachers to work out their own best professional practice. Dangerous? It is the hallmark of a profession.
I could barely staunch tears at Chris's proclaimed motivation: to give teachers more time with their families and hobbies. Woodhead - the teachers' pal? Anyone would think his contract was up for renewal.
In any case, if teachers really were drowning, as he claims, would you throw them all a straitjacket, even if it did have interchangeable buckles?
"What's that?", asked the fly, pointing to the spider's web. "It's a trampoline," the spider smiled.
Professor Ted Wragg, Education department, Exeter University