Teachers beg to differ

At least, teachers’ unions are aiming to differ:

Almost 9 in 10 parents say their children will go back to school in the new term, ONS reveals

There was a comment here that now is the time to fire all the teachers, derecognise the unions and then rehire those actually desired and those only.

There’s merit in that.

11 thoughts on “Teachers beg to differ”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Reagan did that ‘81 but he waited until they went on strike so he had cause.

    If I didn’t think it would do too much damage to already suffering children I’d welcome teachers’ unions refusing to cooperate for the fun of watching Labour’s contortions.

  2. Firing the teachers that are more interested in furthering the revolution than actually, you know, teaching would certainly be a good idea; but would there be enough teachers left to fill a taxi let alone a school?

    Probably even better in the long run would be to leave the unions to their posturing and their closed schools, and give each parent a voucher they can “spend” at any school for the value the state spends per pupil – and at the same time allow free schools to open anywhere there is a parent wanting to use one. These free schools obviously being allowed to hire and fire as they see fit.

    We’re told continually that the smaller the class, the better the education, so even four or five pupils plus a teacher should be viable for a primary school in a rented room somewhere.

  3. We’re told continually that the smaller the class, the better the education,

    But it isn’t true.

    You are much better off to be in a large class with a good teacher than a small class with a bad teacher.

    If you sacked half the teachers, doubled class sizes and paid teachers 50% more to compensate, my guess is that results would improve — provided you were able to sack the lower performing rather than on some bad basis.

    I know a whole bunch of my colleagues who would accept that willingly. A 50% pay increase for a bit more marking — what’s not to like?

  4. @BIW “give each parent a voucher they can “spend” at any school for the value the state spends per pupil”

    I like pointing out to lefties who point to Sweden as a ‘socialist’ country that they’ve had a school voucher system since the early 90s. Parents are free to send their kids to the school of their choice – public or private.

    And there’s no minimum wage in Sweden either.

  5. There must be plenty of graduates entering the labour market because of the shrinking economy. Bonus, they’re untainted by education dogma and might focus on subject matter rather than lefty narrative. Probably a good time to revise syllabi as well.

  6. jgh waiting for IT

    The problem with firing the teachers to clear out the unions is that the unions are the ones in charge of hiring n firing.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    You know it is rare that any of my ideas are said to have merit. Not sure how to respond to that.

    Perhaps we can get the Tube drivers to strike too?

  8. It’s not just the teachers.
    “A pandemic ethical conundrum: Must health care workers risk their lives to treat Covid-19 patients?”
    from STAT, the medical journal.

  9. In June Gov’t should have told teachers “Go back on 1 July, if you don’t we’ll deem it a strike and no more pay”

    Will they in September?

    Or another Pay Rise to Thank them for not working?

    Trump has it right

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