'Just about employable'

30th November 2007 at 00:00
I was very pleased to see West Dunbartonshire's work in literacy celebrated as the lead article in The TESS last week - although I do think most of the credit should go to the hundreds of teachers and others who made it all happen, rather than to me as its architect.

But I have some concerns about possible misinterpretation of your profile of me, "A man with a vision". The profile expresses facts and views in which there are a number of inaccuracies, and I write to note that it was not based on any information provided by me.

However, at least I've learnt a few new facts about myself. I see I was a lecturer at Glasgow University, that I belong to some wing or other of the Baptists, and that this has shaped views on the "chastisement ... of autistic children" - a rather misleading comment based, I think, on a misinterpretation of work we were doing in the 1970s.

Also, while I do have a title, as it happens, I'm glad to see that I'm now Baron MacKay, and I trust the Lord Reay does not feel too put out about this.

Perhaps a more balanced view for a personal profile than that of "one former colleague" would have been available from a representative body of opinion in my profession, such as the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists.

However, at least I can console myself with the fact that "most" (presumably not all) take the view that I have now become a "quality educational psychologist". Sounds as if I might be just about employable.

Tommy MacKay, Psychology Consultancy Services, Ardoch House, Cardross, Dunbartonshire.

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