Don't listen to just one side

16th September 2005 at 01:00
I notice Judith Gillespie's letter (TESS, September 2) speaks only for one side of the complaints, believing everything the parents tell her without appearing to bother to check out what the school's viewpoint is.

As far as uniform is concerned, yes schools have to be strict over this; otherwise, it's the old "give them an inch and they'll take a mile".

Uniform is part of the overall discipline teachers are trying to instil in pupils.

On the pupil in biology who did not get into the Higher class, as a biology teacher for many years, may I say the grade that matters is knowledge and understanding. A pupil may have a 3 in this, with a 2 in the other elements, but gain an overall 2.

However, I have yet to see a pupil achieve a Higher when they have less than a 2 in knowledge and understanding.

The school would have known this as well. Despite teachers being experienced professionals, isn't it amazing how often the parent thinks he or she knows best? Would these people argue with their doctor or lawyer in this way? I doubt it. I hate to think how many times I have heard a pupil "promise to work really, really hard", yet I am still waiting to see one of these promises fulfilled.

May I suggest that Mrs Gillespie get off her moral high horse and face up to the fact that pupils are often not the perfect angels their parents believe. Her title says she is representing the Scottish Parent Teacher Council. Could I remind her that the word "teacher" is in there.

To paraphrase her: "What does this tell us about the SPTC ethos, its hidden curriculum and the bias of her organisation?"

Fiona Saunders South Mount Street Aberdeen

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now