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GUEST,Eliza BS: UK teachers emigrating (96* d) RE: BS: UK teachers emigrating 28 Feb 16


I see that 'team building', 'role play' and 'staff development' are pretty universal, and equally useless for the job in hand.
On another Baker Day, a chap arrived (probably costing large sums for his services) in an executive suit with a smart briefcase, and proceeded to get us to play a game called Win As Much As You Can. Apparently, it was to encourage staff to sacrifice themselves for each other in order to increase team points. We just stared at him in utter contempt. We were mostly older teachers with decades of hard graft between us. I and the other Refusenik pulled our usual rabbit out of the hat and strolled back to our rooms to get on with marking. We Lost As Much As We Could, but we didn't care. Our Head knew where he was well off with us, as we were the ones keeping the school running along smoothly, so he kept his head down, "lyin' low an' sayin' nuffin!"

I find this artificial bonhomie in professional situations totally inappropriate, and alien to our culture. I call it the 'Have A Nice Day Syndrome'. I do not want an M&S assistant to ask me at the till what plans I have for the rest of the day. I'm tempted to reply that I have an orgy arranged, with six well-oiled and muscular body-builders.


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