Friday, 5 June 2015

Can We Save Teaching from Being a Second Class Job?

It feels like teaching professionals are treated as adolescents.
And the teaching profession itself acts in that way too.

The profession has to ask the grown-ups (the government) for permission to work less than 60 hours per week, and is dumped on in relation to every other aspect of the way education is organised in England.

If the profession want to act as grown-ups, they need to find a way to take the decisions themselves. Teachers should be partners in deciding education policy in all its aspects, from the curriculum and school structures, to working conditions.

If we think that Ms Morgan is going to do anything to improve working conditions we need to think again. She has presented a bill to sack head teachers of “coasting” schools but has not defined what “coasting” means. So she can effectively sack anyone she wishes. And what has the profession done to oppose this crazy situation? Absolutely nothing!

Politicians do not respond to adolescents saying “please Miss it’s not fair”. They are in government because they are brutal in their ability to grab power.

The teaching profession cannot even organise a single clear representative response to what is being done to them. They need to become grown-ups and start to make grown up decisions.

A good place to start would be with a reform of who represents the profession. Teacher unions battle one another and sabre rattle, and head teacher organisations do not co-ordinate with one another or talk to the teacher unions.

If we cannot even get that sorted the profession is doomed to further decline as a second class job.

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