Some years ago, student nurses used to be given a tour of a large, manually-operated, furnace site at Birmingham. At the end, their tutors would ask them: "Still think nursing is the toughest job around?" The idea should be updated. Education ministers who blather on about teachers making "efficiency savings", that is working harder, and former education ministers who state they work a 90-hour week, should be made to spend time with your average, 50-plus hours a week teacher. Then they'd discover what real work is, and that it shouldn't be confused with time spent sitting on a bench in parliament.
DENNIS SINCLAIR Alexandra Rd Pudsey West Yorkshire