Some union members feel a bit like the Grand Old Duke of York's 10,000 men - you won't get me up that bloody hill again. However, Michael Gove's latest brainstorm has probably had the unintended consequence of radicalising a significant number of teachers and making strike action more likely.
You have to work with the fact that are too many variables in a child's lifeeducation for performance-related pay (PRP) to be effective. Only problem is, if the government admits that, people will start asking questions about academisation and everything else thrown at education in the name of improvement.
I find it rather difficult to say but Gove is no fool. He has clearly calculated that he can face down any strike action, which may not be widespread or that well supported, and that he will have public opinion on his side. He is probably right.
Virtually no staff in my school, and very few that I meet, have any appetite for strike action. There has to be a realisation that this simply won't work, especially not against changes to pay (which is good pay anyway) or pensions (which were good pensions).
Teachers have got more clout than the miners ever had. None of the sense, foresight, spirit or fight though. We're doomed.
Are any of you parents? I am. And it matters big time to me that my children are taught by professionals and not any idiot off the street. I am backing strike action. If I had my way we'd have a general strike and go out for a week. I don't really give a rat's arse about public opinion. We've pussyfooted around for so long and look where it's got us. If anything I think the public think we're stupid for putting up with so much crap.
PRP is an interesting concept. How many MPs subscribe to it? Most of them would be paying us rather than the other way round.
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