Well Done Gordon

Gordon Brown lays out his plans to deal with the challenges of globalisation.

To build a world-class teaching workforce, we will shortly announce our proposals for a new masters qualification

Wrong! As teachers themselves seem to think, postgraduate education courses are one of the problems, not one of the solutions.

And from Tim Worstall, unusually, something about education I think most teachers would agree with: we knew the \’academic\’ component of our post-grads in education was a waste of time, taught as we were by a bunch of people who could hack it neither as teachers nor academics, peddling out-dated theories that I would decline to describe as \’liberal\’*. We all knew the only thing worthwhile in the whole damn year was the actual teaching practice.

Abolish education degres entirely and simply make teacher training 6 weeks of teaching practice. You might want to say that you can only teach in a secondary school if you\’ve got a degree in something or other, you might not (would one of the new cookery teachers need a degree? Or would someone who has run a kitchen for 20 years but now getting a little creaky around the knees be a better hire?), but the year or more of theoretical education about education needs to go.

5 thoughts on “Well Done Gordon”

  1. Ancient joke:
    Question to President of Yale “Why doesn’t Yale have an Education School?”
    Answer: “When there is something known about Education that is worth teaching, Yale will have an Education School.”

  2. I have a good friend who got an HND through the Navy and and MBA through the OU. Having worked around the world on many different telecoms projects he decided he would like to teach Business Studies”.

    He then spent a year getting a post grad degree and his comment was that the only worthwhile bit was the secondment to schools to practice.

    He was therefore out of the market for a year when it should have been 3 months at most.

  3. I heard it over 50 years ago but it sounds appropos, so I hereby run it for you:

    Those who can, do.
    Those who can’t do, teach.
    Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.

  4. It won’t get you a teaching job faster and you’ll be spending money when you could be earning it. Frankly, I don’t see many takers.

    Our problem isn’t that teachers aren’t trained, it’s that teachers are distracted by bureaucracy and many students are extremely difficult to teach.

    Watch the 1960s “To Sir with love” and you realise that its depiction of a tough class of East end kids is pretty mild compared to your contemporary suburban cohort.

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