No time to peruse the big picture

21st July 2000 at 01:00
UNDER the section entitled "The problems" in the edited version of Michael Barber's keynote speech to US policy-makers, he suggests that "too few teachers see the big picture of reform".

Well, I must say, this is a bit rich coming from someone who has been directly responsible for the kind of teacher workload which leaves notime at all for a retreat to the mountain top to contemplate "the big picture".

We're far too busy, Michael, keeping our heads down and implementing the string of classroom reforms that you and your government colleagues keep imposing on us.

Roger Hancock

6 Chestnut Avenue

Crouch End

London N8


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