Tense, tense

Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.

Is leading, increasingly?

13 thoughts on “Tense, tense”

  1. ‘Higher pay, less work, please. And mine’s an americano. Y”know, the stress of teaching’s making my period pains worse. A glass of pinot grigio helps, but the doctor prescribed…’

  2. Even at my not-tough-at-all school, there were always suspicions about certain teachers.

    And these were in the days of driving back from the pub, Valium being prescribed as if it were candy. Etc.

    Although, I suppose, standard UK coffee hadn’t even reached “Gold Blend”.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    By using the present tense it means its all the fault of the evil Tories and austerity*.

    The real problem is the path in to teaching – school, college/university – teaching. Whatever the reason they chose teaching it isn’t based on any real world experience and so if it doesn’t work out they’re stuck. In my world the minimum age for entering teacher raining would be 30 and pay would be based on salary and job prospects in the private sector. I would also make it easier to move in and out of teaching.

    * I wish someone would define not austerity. i keep asking various lefties but if the make and effort to answer its just wavy hands evil Tories.

  4. If you want to know what “not austerity” might look like, I recommend the Culture novels of iain M Banks. 🙂

  5. BiND — at least in NZ that isn’t true. Half of all new teachers have worked elsewhere first.

  6. “The real problem is the path in to teaching – school, college/university – teaching.”

    Lot of sense in that statement. It’s a closed loop with no opportunity to acquire a different world view out of it. Why so many of the the demands of the teaching profession resemble those of a surly 14 yo.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset


    ” at least in NZ that isn’t true. Half of all new teachers have worked elsewhere first.”

    Has it been gong long enough to provide any evidence on teacher health and retention rates?

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    There is a problem on both sides of the equation. People with real skills used to go into teaching. People with prospects.

    Now, like the CoE, it is a dumping ground for the otherwise unemployable.

    However the other side of that equation is that teachers have no recourse if a child misbehaves. They will be persecuted out of a job if they do much more than raise their voice – and certainly they have to be careful what they say even when they do. But all teachers know that the Head will not support them if they try to discipline the little dears. Nor will the parents. They are on their own.

    We need to fire them all, pay their replacements twice as much and bring in some former NCOs from the British Army to handle the more vibrant schools.

  9. I’d expand the above suggestions to all taxpayer-funded jobs. Nobody to enter the civil service or local authority without ten years’ experience in the private sector.

  10. Isn’t this just a sign that teaching is increasingly a female profession, and one attracting perhaps those at the more ‘feminist’ end of the spectrum? I can see cats as a possible solution……

  11. The ‘teaching profession’ has become a self selecting meritocracy, of course they all agree on symptoms and causes (both real and imagined) and the action required (more pay, more counseling and less work).

  12. Chris Miller – yes.

    And they also show that you don’t need employment, nor a UBI. Stuff’s so cheap to make, it’s free. All of it.

    It’s an interesting asymptote. Even more interesting is what the route there might look like…

  13. Andrew M,

    I would also make sure that any of that experience did not include the “non profit” sector or quango.

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