A society with high aims

4th May 2001 at 01:00
How refreshing to read Michael Todd's letter ("We never taught English 'badly'", TES, April 20) asserting what many of us have known for some years. We did not teach reading badly, or anything else for that matter.

Still, there were bad teachers as there are incompetent doctors and lawyers. But these professions have their own learned societies and set their own standards.

Yes a discipinary committee is needed, hence the General Teaching Cuncil.

But we also need a learned society to ensure teachers know about child development, the psychology of learning and the philosophy of education as well as subject knowledge. This would ensure subject knowledge does not become the tail that wags the dog.

I look forward to the inauguration of the National Society of Educators with progressive levels of membership.

Elaine Fisher 1 Tattlers Hill, Wingrave Aylesbury, Bucks


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