Teacher Bashing

Related to, but separate from, the GCSE English row – according to Ofqual’s report 42% of all schools nationwide have reported results in excess of 10% worse than expected in June 2012 –

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there is a huge culture of what could be called ‘teacher bashing‘ in the media and Government focussing primarily around the following three characters:

Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove

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Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted, Michael Wilshaw

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and our Prime Minister, David Cameron.

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What a delightful Shakespearean Three Witches these could make! “Fair is foul and foul is fair“… Which brings us back around to the GCSE C grades again!

Certainly many leading teachers’ unions – notably the NUT – have observed and decried the media and Governmental rhetoric of failure and blame that it levelled at teachers. And it genuinely is hard to think of any other profession that is so frequently and so venomously derided in our national papers! And there is a nice piece in the Guardian here calling for Gove to resist this “declinist narrative”.

So I figured it might be interesting, informative and or depressing to just record as many examples as I can find over the next few weeks as we all return to school.

We can start just today with

1st September 2012, Telegraph “Bad teachers ‘blight children’s futures’ warns Gove” is reported here

And David Cameron’s comments in the Mail on Sunday today 2nd September 2012 here. The full text of which can be read here.

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And Michael Wilshaw waded into the GCSE uproar with this saying that

The teaching’s often not good enough, the leadership often isn’t good enough, and the progress and the outcomes of children aren’t good enough

Click here for a video of his performance on The Andrew Marr Show.

I don’t imagine I’ll be able to record or link to every example of coverage in the media that denigrates, undermines or devalues the profession but I’ll try to keep an eye on things. Any links that you guys want to point out that I may miss, please comment and point me in the right direction!

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