Woodhead's curriculum attack draws unfriendly fire

22nd January 2010 at 00:00

It was sweet of Chris Woodhead to warm our winter with another richly comic piece. ("Time for blue educational thinking, Mr Gove", January 15). What mastery of the absurd! Teachers who in his last piece were too timid are now too arrogant.

He has a talent for self-parody verging on masochism: the man who has been chief executive of the National Curriculum Council criticising the national curriculum; the man who has been chief inspector criticising Ofsted for having lost its way, when to us it seems more Woodhousian than ever.

Many years ago he said his job was to make teachers howl. And so he has. Firstly with anger, then with despair, now with laughter. Job done, Chris.

Phil Delnon, Supply teacher, Swanscombe, Kent.

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