Jamie Carter wrote:
I think that my mother would have been very insulted if any union activist had ever told her that her not having a teaching qualification "devalued the profession". She's one of the best teachers I've ever known
There is nothing like an impartial, informed opinion...... and that was nothing like one.
Well, you'd know, wouldn't you? Impartial and informed are not always words that first spring to mind when reading your contributions. The reason I have a decent A level in her particular subject is at least as much down to her actually being able to explain matters in a way that none of the teachers paid to teach me were able to, as it was to my great natural ability.
If the teaching unions want teaching to genuinely be a profession, then they should make sure it acts like a profession. At the moment, they don't. Read the outcomes of disciplinary proceedings of solicitors and the professional accountancy bodies to see just how different they are from teaching.
A baffling but unsurprising post. How dare you accuse the teaching profession of being less 'professional' than mere solicitors and accountants whose ration d'être is to extract as much money as possible from clients and then avoid paying their fair share of tax. You've made a real berk of yourself in these posts Fergus, especially the baloney about your mother, who cares about your school experience, vastly different from the way thousands of teachers every day touch the lives and replace shoddy parenting up and down the country and infinitely harder to do.
Odd how personal experience is considered to be irrelevant, when all that you end up talking about is a claim about the supposed sum of personal experiences. Indeed, you care not for my experience, and prefer to refer to experiences you do not actually know about - you can't, not all of them.
And I didn't accuse the "teaching profession", I accused the unions. I stand by that.
The reason I mentioned my mother (and you know this, but prefer to ignore it) is that, like most of the teachers who taught me, being of the older generation, she did not have a PGCE or a B.Ed, or any other teaching qualification. Yet, somehow, many of these teachers instilled knowledge and a love of their subject in many, many pupils. Yet, if these people applied for a teaching post today, the unions would appear to not want them employed, as to do so would be to "devalue the profession"
I can take your gratuitous, childish and inaccurate insults to my profession, but (and this is also for Andy) how many teachers have been struck off, temporarily or permanently, in the last few years? Compare with the disciplinary proceedings of, say, professional accountancy bodies, and you'll see how a real profession behaves towards members who transgress the rules.