Away with the apostrophe;Jotter;Back Paige

19th February 1999 at 00:00
THE APPEARANCE of an action group - in this case the Scottish Association of Teachers of Language and Literature (SATOLL) - has brought the memories flooding back for some old hands who remember the glory days when the scene was awash with activist acronyms.

Who now recalls R and F (Rank and File), WOSTAG (West of Scotland Teachers' Action Group) and CAFU (Campaign for a Fighting Union)?

But these were the political lefties. Participants at SATOLL's recent launch were struck by the fact that it is those with an overtly educational agenda who are putting up the most vociferous opposition to the Government - and indeed to the union establishments.

When someone proposed that the meeting should "condemn the role of market forces in education", this was regarded as an ideological step too far and overwhelmingly defeated.

But maintaining standards is a different matter. So when the meeting was debating its draft constitution, one eagle-eyed delegate noticed that the abbreviated form of "local authorities" had an unnecessary adornment. Her request "to have the apostrophe taken out please" was overwhelmingly endorsed.

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