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!
Queen Elizabeth's girls' school