Woodhead puts regimented teaching on the chopping block

22nd May 2009 at 01:00

Ronald Reagan had the gift of being able to say appalling things in such a pleasant, mellifluous way that people thought they agreed with him. Chris Woodhead was the opposite: the self-satisfied, contemptuous manner in which he was apt to speak about teachers made reasonable points seem inflammatory. But much of what he is now saying is fair, and it is good that he has realised that the national curriculum, potentially a useful servant, is a clumsy, incompetent master.

The unfortunate victim of a cruel illness, Professor Woodhead remains a bright, cultivated chap. But it was naive to suppose that conversion to his idiosyncratic educational agenda led New Labour to embrace Ofsted in 1997; its morphing into an agency of quasi-Stalinist control was predictable. Now he laments that teachers do not resist regimentation and ill-conceived initiatives because they lack the will and morale to do so. He really should not be surprised.

Andy Connell, Appleby, Cumbria.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now