The draft teachers\’ code of conduct

So, part of the role of a teacher is to sort the sheep from the goats. To guide those with an academic vocation or talent to where they might best employ such, just as is it is push those with musical, artistic, manual or any other form of talent.

No?

4. Promote equality and value diversity

Maybe not. Depends whether they mean equality of opportunity or equality of outcome really, doesn\’t it?

Given the confusion over these two different interpretations in the wider society I\’m not sure that I hold out much hope for it being opportunity they concentrate upon.

 

 

9 comments on “The draft teachers\’ code of conduct

  1. It was reported in the papers this morning that teachers could now be punished for their behaviour at weekends if a school doesn’t like what they get up to.

    As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid teaching already!

    Tim adds: I know…..just that the actual report doesn’t seem to say that.

  2. Loved this quote: “Teachers didn’t have to be exemplary citizens every second, Bartley said. Nevertheless, their behaviour could be “lawful but not acceptable”.”

    In the classroom, during paid working time’ accepted.

    But on their days off…? Can I assume that their salaries (and duties) will reflect that they are now, effectively, ‘at work’ 24/7?

  3. But on their days off…? Can I assume that their salaries (and duties) will reflect that they are now, effectively, ‘at work’ 24/7?

    Of course it would be illegal to be ‘at work’ for more than 48 hours a week

  4. “To guide those with an academic vocation or talent to where they might best employ such, just as is it is push those with musical, artistic, manual or any other form of talent” is perhaps the best possible practical means to “value diversity”. I fear too many people (including amongst the teaching profession) fail to realise that.

  5. This is simply another instance of why I’m persuaded that a private market in education would be far superior to the state product.

    The private employer, absent a countervailing contract provision, is free to dismiss teachers whose behavior, even off-hours, interferes with his business image. No big deal–they can find roughly similar employment with a less fussy outfit. Any time–for any reason (or no reason at all). Of course, if the employer acts arbitrarily, he bears the costs and consequences.

    The source of complications in the employment of teachers is to be seen in the fact that the various bureaucrats concerned (even including the private-citizen school boards of public schools) must be restricted in the scope of their authority to prevent them from exercising tyrannical control of something not their own property.

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