Credentialism bollocks

Of the new licence to teach, Mr Balls said it would be overseen by the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) with heads deciding if a licence should be renewed.

He said: \”We propose it will be the GTC who will be taking overall responsibility for the licence to teach.

And how long will it be before only those who have a post graduate teaching qualification are considered worthy of gaining such a licence?

This will simply increase the control of the educational bureaucracy, those who run the teacher training process, over the profession. And not in a good way either.

7 thoughts on “Credentialism bollocks”

  1. “He said the licence will put teachers on a par with high-status professions including doctors and solicitors.”

    We should be getting rid of licensing for doctors and solicitors.

  2. “We should be getting rid of licensing for doctors and solicitors.”

    I hope you’re not going to advocate that quacks can peddle their cures without any kind of comeback?

  3. And how long will it be before only those who have a post graduate teaching qualification are considered worthy of gaining such a licence?

    I thought that was pretty much the situation already.

  4. A central function of progressivism is the creation of state managed guilds and cartels. The “professions” are just guilds that escaped the Middle Ages intact. Progressivism is utterly corporatist; everyone must act via the state through an approved body. We also see this happening with, for instance the flammable vapours guild (Corgi, now GasSafe), and the newly inaugurated electricians guild. The justification is safety, the purpose is protectionism and cartelisation.

    I hope you’re not going to advocate that quacks can peddle their cures without any kind of comeback?

    Quackery is overrated. It’s bad, but it happens. Check out the herbalists, the homeopathists and the arsehole jetwashers. The NHS now supports these “alternative therapies”. There is plenty of information out there as to why they are quackery. If people want to believe otherwise, it’s their choice.

  5. If the teachers want to become the same as the “proper professions”, lawyers, doctors etc., that’s fine by me. Does mean, however, that they’ll have to start behaving like a profession – meaning getting rid of teaching unions, mass strike action etc.

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