Complaint culture

9th February 2001 at 00:00
AS a final-year undergraduate student currently applying for PGCE courses I read The TES with great interest. I am frequently discouraged by the excessive dominance of two subjects: teacher shortages and teachers' pay.

Shortage of teachers is an extremely important issue that must be addressed urgently. Teaching is well promoted in my university and has a very positive image as a tough, yet rewarding, and honourabl career.

However, the impression that is given by many teachers is one of a culture of complaint. They rightly protest about shortages but then dissuade potential trainees with constant complaints about pay. I do not wish to work where colleagues are discussing pay continually. I want to work where learning is the main issue and education is pursued with commitment.

Jennifer Wright Address supplied


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