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Thread #106072 Message #2190840
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
10-Nov-07 - 07:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
Subject: RE: BS: Anyone being Ofsted-ed?
Basically the education system has been up shit creek for a long long time.
The thing was sort of held together by Officer types as headmasters and NCO's a heads of depts, liberal amounts of corporal punishment up until about the mid sixties.
Since then things have gone to the bad in a big way, and no ones admitting it. Teachers turn up with lessons prepared but there are a lot of teachers simply unable to control the kids to get the lessons taught.
I've heard you say Backwoodsman before, give every teacher a cane and tell them to get on with it. But that won't work for a variety of reasons. There has been a sea change in peoples attitudes as to how children are disciplined and bottom line, the kids' parents pay your wages - without their support, the kind of iron fist regimes we lived with as kids can't be maintained.
Also there has been a lot of burying of heads in the sand. We had a Canadian exchange teacher over in my second year of teaching in 1972 - the first year the school age went up to 16. (As by that time they were having great difficulty thinking what the hell to do with non academic kids to the age of 15, that was a bloody irresponsible move.)
This Canadian teacher said our education policy reminded him of the first world war generals. It was obvious the young men we were teaching had no interest whatsoever in the benefits of literacy, and we were driving everybody nuts - the kids and the teachers - by blethering endlessly on and sending our troops over the top, in the classroom day after day. He reckoned we should be teaching life skills - how to be short order cook, change a wheel on a car, stuff that would be some use to them.
The trouble is of course that the plonkers in charge of education probably couldn't change the wheel of a car themselves - so they're not going to be able to grasp the value of this.
In fact since then we had Thatcher, Sir Keith Joseph and the National Curriculum - with its loony message that all seven year olds should be able to recognise the difference between renaissance and classical art, Everyone should be studying Shakespeare and learning two languages. Really things have regressed.
So rather than admit they're not up to organising an education system that has the best interests of the children and the broad popular support of the parents and the community generally - they do the cowardly thing, they turn on the teachers.
This OFSTED crap is a bit like going to war. Hemingway said if you go war often enough, you'll get killed. And that's how OFSTED works, quite randomly one day it will turn on you. And you'd be stupid if you think, it will never be me. Believe you me - I've seen it maim some damn good teachers.