Lessons have still to be learned

10th November 2000 at 00:00
WHAT a world we teachers live in! Having just received the news that Chris Woodhead has finally packed up his tent and gone, I hear a Conservative spokesman suggesting, incredibly, that "many teachers will miss him".

This proves to me that our Opposition really does live on a different planet.

Mind you, he is not the only one. I see that the Department for Education and Employment has once again scored a spectacular own goal with its latest advertisement for the "fast-track teachers".

If ever there was a crazy idea that should have died unborn this is it, but the advertisement which showed a "power-dressed" female at the top of the empty stairs while the rest o the profession struggles in a herd on the parallel stairs surely says a great deal about the "otherworld" mindset of the daft people who thought up the advertisement.

It cannot have escaped the attention of us cynical, entrenched professionals that the implied suggestion is that "fast-track" teachers get to the top by avoiding the struggles of others and since there are actually children on the other stairs (and none at all on the fast-track stairs) then the best way to get to the top in teaching is to avoid children (and everybody else).

Brian Waggett

Executive member

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

20 Melrose Avenue


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