Too sexy to teach;What the Pundits Say;The week in education;Briefing;News amp; Opinion

19th November 1999 at 00:00
Blame attractive teachers for falling standards among boys

I KNOW why standards are dropping: teachers are all much too beautiful.

One I spoke to said she couldn't wear underwear because her skirts were too tight. If I were in her class she could address me at a range of four inches through a megaphone and I would not listen. I'd be thinking that if I died, I'd want to come back as a carpet tile.I'd only employ teachers over 50... Look at it this way - who do you want to teach your children: Caprice or Terry Wogan?

Jeremy Clarkson, Sunday Times

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