Overheard in the staffroom

12th August 2005 at 01:00
The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom ARE SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR RACISM?

Tree fayre: "Late 80s early 90s teacher training was nearly all about anti racism and sexism... done to death! I don't think the solution lies in that area, but more in the way the French will not allow any show of religious faith in what kids wear to school."

DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK GOVERNORS ARE OUT OF TOUCH?

Clairobics: "Rarely have I met a governor who has the slightest insight into what teachers go through in their profession. Are there any governors out there who have made you feel respected as a teacher?"

Jbloggs: "A minority of governors are undertrained amateurs or dilettantes, and heads sometimes like to keep it so, ill-advisedly."

Zzzzzola: "A more pertinent question would be 'Do we need governors?'"

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A TYPICAL TEACHER?

Ex ex teacher: "I think it's the total sight and sound package which does it, eg. voice projection and intonation, slightly more sophisticated use of spoken language - and corduroy jackets."

Bacardibreezer: "The giveaway might be the bags under my eyes and the nervous twitch. "

Cathyd : "You have become your job when you give some child you've never met before the Raised Eyebrows Killer Look for dropping litter or some such misdemeanour in a public place... and you get a sheepish, 'Sorry Miss...' in return instead of a stream of defensive obscenities."

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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