Discourse and dishonesty

5th April 2013 at 01:00

In last week's article on "Staffing crisis causes school leaders anguish", Elizabeth Buie wrote: "41 per cent said the quality of applicants for senior posts had worsened in the past four years, while a number of responses complained about appointment processes, with interview leets being drawn up before headteacher references were made available".

What do you expect when professional discourse is prevented in the mad rush to the "all positive, no concerns" nirvana? Teachers are graduates and reasonably intelligent and realise that to get promotion, they have to wear a cloak of incongruity that compromises their personal professional beliefs.

I am always amazed at the difference between the public pronouncements of leaders and their private conversations. "Just playing the game..." is standard.

A second point is that it is impossible to remove staff except through promotion elsewhere.

Great article but only illustrates that those who fought the sell-out deal had far more foresight than Cosla, ScotGov and the EIS negotiators.

cochrane1964 via the website.

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