Michael Gove’s announcement of Conservative education policy has now got me seriously considering whether the Conservative party deserves the votes of me and my partner. Andrew Lansley’s “Let’s use Google for everyone’s health records” was at best ill-considered but Mr Gove’s proposals are a disgraceful example of soundbite politics which completely ignore reality.
Firstly it plays directly into Labour’s hands and their claims of “Tory toffs”.
Just because someone has a 2:1 degree (which I do) or higher doesn’t mean they will make a good teacher (I don’t think I would). Where is the evidence to prove this belief? I know some extremely intelligent people who (no disrespect intended) struggle to engage people in one to one conversations and who have no ability to engage groups of adults let alone children. Where is the evidence to prove claims that those with 2:2s or other qualifications lower than a 2:1 are poorer teachers? Alientating lots of people plays right into Labour’s hands.
The problems I am seeing teachers struggle with have nothing to do with having a first class degree. They have everything to do with incompetent leadership, unprofessional conduct, a complete lack of support for teaching staff and protecting vested interests. You get those kinds of behaviour from people of all education levels. You don’t need a degree to behave unprofessionally.
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