All our fault

14th March 1997 at 00:00
The chief inspector's latest tirade against the teaching profession (TES, February 28) appears to imply that we are now being held responsible for "the collapse of Western civilisation as we have known it".

Goodness! I didn't realise we were so important!

Still, it's so helpful to be reminded that, as teachers, we must be very careful to learn nothing from our students, either about education or about "being human", and that the "realistic" OFSTED-approved attitude to children is that they are neither "intellectually curious" nor "endearing".

Supported by this quality of leadership from our chief inspector, how can we teachers possibly fail?

CAROLINE MARTIN 28 Pancras Road London NW1

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