Online Opinion

29th March 2013 at 00:00
Readers respond to articles on the TESS website

On the voices of experience (15 March)

- Outstanding and prescient. The Scottish education model seems to sideline experience and scepticism for the "unaware bubble" personality. Listening to my less experienced colleagues and the level of support and mentoring they receive can be enlightening. They are highly coached in what is essential in an application and what not to say at interview, and many feel "forced" into applying for promotion before they are ready as it is "expected" of them.


Subscriber of the week: Bob Foley (15 March)

- PE and home economics, eh? Do your pupils make Shuttlecoq au vin?


Funding change will make half of school sixth forms (in England) 'unviable' (22 March)

- Meanwhile, the government ring-fences foreign aid and sends more than #163;10 billion to overseas countries. The priorities are all wrong.


- Overseas aid illustrates many valuable lessons to pupils about trying to reduce inequality around the world. I am more worried about the proposed #163;60-70 billion being spent on a replacement for the Trident nuclear so-called deterrent and the quantitative easing which released over #163;300 billion to save our banking system. Could be an interesting lesson plan for economics, sociology, called "Spending priorities".


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