No romance in research papers

12th May 2000 at 01:00
IS "John Eggleston" a pseudonym for Chris Woodhead?

Should proof ever be needed of just how out of touch some education academics are with a teacher's lot, then the article by Professor Eggleston on the loss of the teachers' library (Friday magazine, April 28) is "source number 1".

Surely I speak for most classroom teachers in pointing out

that there is insufficient time for staff to read theoretical books and articles? I can only enjoy the luxury of fiction in school holidays and, should the summer vacation be reduced, out woul go my lengthy 19th-century novels - two a year, at most - to be replaced by a couple of Mills and Boon quickies.

The visiting professor at the University of Central England is seemingly only a "visitor" to schools. Can Professor Eggleston not use his academic skills more practically to tell us "all we need to know" in less than 100 pages?

Then I might find the time for precious theory - especially if he can make it a love story!

Patrick Dodd


Queen Elizabeth's girls' school

Barnet, Hertfordshire

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