Reflections on the teachers' strike

2nd May 2008 at 01:00
Your front page headline last week read: "Strikers lose parents' sympathy"
Your front page headline last week read: "Strikers lose parents' sympathy". But at the bottom of the page, it reads: "How did the decision to strike change your view of teachers?" (TES, April 25). Answers: more negatively, 32 per cent; more positively, 7 per cent; it doesn't, 61 per cent. How does this translate to "changing attitudes"?

Perhaps your headline should have been: "Most parents say teachers' strike does not change their view of teachers." Or is that too much to ask?

When we meet parents, most support us because they can see the way the Government is running down public services. Many work in - and all use - public services. They know supporting us will help to change the situation.

Ivan Wels, Joint division secretary, National Union of Teachers, Nottinghamshire.

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