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It was better in the war

A fine body of men (yes, all men) turned up on Wednesday at the parliamentary education committee's inquiry into pupil motivation - all union reps whose litany of woes would not have brought a rush of motivated aspirants into the profession.

"Can you tell me a time when teachers didn't despair?" an exasperated Frank McAveety, MSP and former teacher, asked.

"I think it was about 1942," quipped David Eaglesham of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association.

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