No blame should be accepted
We do not teach independently of society and social change, and many of the problems encountered in schools ( undoubtedly, exacerbated by lack of funding, constant change and fear of league tables) result from high unemployment, social deprivation and the consequent breakdown of family life.
Politicians of all parties need to address these social ills before any of their "targets" can possibly be realised.
Teachers should refuse to accept the blame for falling standards and include in any future "Teachers' Manifesto" social issues such as reducing unemployment, introduction of the minimum wage, and racial and sexual equality.
45A Don Avenue Sheffield, South Yorkshire