Odd gets the nod

9th July 2010 at 01:00

As a parent, one time school child, and now governor, I was really disappointed to see how some in the teaching profession seem to have become self-policing in the achievement of mediocrity.

The self-confidence, commitment and ability to connect shown by the "oddballs" featured in the TES Magazine are what define great teaching, and yet senior commentators warn of the perils of such an approach ("Teaching on the edge", June 25).

Just because some go too far, doesn't mean others should be encouraged to conform to some standardised, boredom-inducing stand-at-the-front-and-talk method.

Ben Gibbs, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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