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Speed Up Sacking of Poor Teachers? – About Damn Time!

Posted in Britain, Children, David Cameron, England, English Schools, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , on 14/01/2012 by floroy1942

The fiasco of poor teaching standards has blighted the education system in Great Britain for far too long, and destroyed the chances of many of our current youth to get a decent job. It is no secret that for years our children have been leaving school semi-literate with a total lack of prospects for a decent job and a good life.

Michael Gove - Secretary of State for Education

Long gone are the days when a child left school with a solid education behind them, and moved into the adult world with good  potential in the job market and the likelihood of advancement in their chosen profession. Thanks to meddling by the previous Labour government in the education system, the children leave school today barely able to write their own name and with spelling and reading capabilities of a four-year-old. The whole sordid system is a national disgrace of massive proportions. Now, thankfully, the Conservative Education Minister Michael Gove has taken further steps to improve the situation.

Finally we have an Education Ministry that wishes to swing the pendulum back the other way and improve not only performance, but also make it easier for schools to get rid of under-performing teachers. Plans are also in the mix to prevent a teacher sacked from  one school for incompetence moving on to another.

Give Them A Future

As you would expect, two of the teachers unions are up in arms at the proposals calling the move as “unnecessary and draconian”, with one leader calling it a “potential bully’s charter”. Unneccessary?  Unneccessary? Do these people live on the same planet as the rest of us?

I suppose they think the fact that most of today’s kids are leaving school dumber than when they went in has nothing whatsoever to do with them, well, how could a teacher possibly be thought responsible for poor standards of education???? If they think that, then the problem is far worse than anyone realised!!!

Sounds About Right

As you can imagine, Christine Blower, who heads the National Union of Teachers (NUT) had much to say. She said: “The changes to the appraisal and capability policies will rightly be seen by teachers as an attack on their professionalism and will anger and depress them in equal measure.” adding: “What the Government proposes is potentially a bully’s charter. The union believes that many well-functioning schools, where development and professionalism is prized, will not adopt Mr Gove’s model.” On the other side of the argument Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said the proposals were in the “best interests” of the profession.

Confused? - You Have Every Right To Be!

There are many very good teachers in the education system in Britain who know their subject inside out, and the exam results for their students reflect this. Many have been covering for the incompetent ones for a long time. Its time they didn’t need to do that anymore.

A public poll carried out by Boulten & Co. showed a massive 83% for and just 17% against making the sacking of teachers easier. At the moment it is a long and tedious process to get rid of a bad teacher and it is this process that Mr. Gove is wanting to simplify so head teachers can ween out the dullards.

Help!

He has already made some initial moves to improve the standards of teacher education and to raise the level of teacher qualification exams which should help improve the competence and knowledge levels of new teachers entering the profession. It will take time for all this to filter through to the classroom, but its nice to know we are at last on the right track.

Roy.

 

Something Every Teenager Should Know

Posted in Child Discipline, Children, England, English Schools, Modern World, Parenting, Teens with tags , , , , , , , , on 28/06/2010 by floroy1942

Today I Have It All - But Tomorrow?

Today most children, and in particular teenagers, live in an insular world where they expect everything handed to them on a plate. Life for them is a free ride, with little or no responsibilities, and no requirement for commitment. Despite this, many still find it necessary to complain, but the reason is they have no idea what real life is all about. As youngsters they have little concept of the meaning of life, what is expected of them, and more importantly, what it can cost.

Sadly, the blame for this attitude must be born by both parents and the education system which have failed miserably in preparing today’s youth for the trials and tribulations of becoming an adult.

The Very Young Bill Gates

It was for this reason that I decided to make a blog of an interesting speech made by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to a group of high-school children in the USA. It came to me through the e-mail from a good friend, and I found it so enlightening that I decided it needed to be shared as widely as possible.

During his talk he emphasised the way ‘political correctness’ and the ‘feel good’ factor has obliterated the previous ideology of preparing school-leavers for the big bad world they are about to enter.

It is no longer acknowledged within the education system that some children are brighter or more talented than others, because to recognise this denigrates the less gifted. To fail an exam today you need to be a monkey swinging through the treetops, because the school has to hit its targets set by the government.

All this, added to the parents giving their children everything they want when they want it, has led to a generation of free-loaders who will soon enter the real world and expect it to hand them a job and huge salary because they feel they are owed it by society.

Bill Gates: A Success Story

Whether you like, admire, or hate Bill Gates, he has never been afraid to speak his mind, and in the talk he had with the young people at the high-school he pulled no punches. He told them all what they needed to hear.

These are the main points he hammered home to them:

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Teen Charter?

These truths, for that is what they are, must have come as a great shock to many of those listening to him, but hopefully, it will have opened a few eyes to what life is like in the real world after school. It is hard, it can be painful, but we must each handle it in our own way. Those that learn quickly will succeed, those that do not will ultimately fail.

You would be doing your child a great favour by teaching them Bill Gates’ philosophy of life.

Roy.

My thanks to my friend for passing this on, and to the anonymous originator of the mail.


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