On the naughty step - Conduct that deserves a ticking off

5th July 2013 at 01:00

This week: Mick Jagger

It is well known that many teachers are frustrated performers. An audience of teenagers, after all, is far better than no audience at all. We all remember that citizenship teacher who brought his guitar to school to illustrate the finer points of proportional representation through the medium of song.

But now it seems that rock icons want to be teachers. Mick Jagger - speaking ahead of the Rolling Stones' performance at Glastonbury festival in England last weekend - admitted that he might have liked a career as a teacher. The work of a rock singer was "intellectually undemanding", he claimed.

"A schoolteacher would have been very gratifying, I'm sure," Jagger told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, somewhat offhandedly. His remarks gave the distinct impression that he thinks teachers live easy lives of obscurity, free from the pressure of album sales and dalliances with the world's most beautiful women.

Larking about in skinny jeans, whining about Jumpin' Jack Flash, really can't be as stressful as preparing a group of reluctant teens for their Shakespeare exam. So Mick, don't worry about what might have been - rock 'n' roll was the best choice for you. Teaching isn't for those who crave fame and fortune. And besides, a school would have pensioned you off years ago.

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