Let’s stop crusade against teachers

Let’s stop crusade against teachers

Let’s stop crusade against teachers

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A RECENT headline in The Times quoted Tristram Hunt as saying that teachers have to improve and if they don’t they will be sacked.

His remedy to what he obviously considers a failing in educational provision is to licence teachers; that licence to be renewed every five years. Mr Hunt has not been in post for long, has probably never set foot inside a classroom, is from an elitist, privately educated background and probably is unaware of what already exists to maintain decent standards of teaching in our state schools.

The appointment of Mr Hunt as Labour spokesman for Education is a disastrous mistake, particularly as he appears to be joining Michael Gove in a crusade against teachers, trying perhaps to outdo Gove in his denigration of the profession.

If what he has in mind is a more authoritarian and bureaucratic system than we have under a Conservative government, perhaps he should move over to the other side.

Trudie Elliott, Hopgrove Lane North, York.

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11:44am Fri 17 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Tristram Hunt: Is he supposed to be a Socialist? Then again, the Miliband of Brothers have to refer to their Marxist Father for their left credentials, otherwise you would never believe it. Dare I mention Tony Blair?
If we are not careful, young people growing up today just won't know what a real left winger is. The Late Eric Heffer, for example. Give me the likes of him over the PC green vote seeking excuses for Labour these days, any day!
Tristram Hunt: Is he supposed to be a Socialist? Then again, the Miliband of Brothers have to refer to their Marxist Father for their left credentials, otherwise you would never believe it. Dare I mention Tony Blair? If we are not careful, young people growing up today just won't know what a real left winger is. The Late Eric Heffer, for example. Give me the likes of him over the PC green vote seeking excuses for Labour these days, any day! ColdAsChristmas
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7:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

York Fox says...

Teachers won't know who to vote for. Can't vote conservative....not sure why, can't vote Lib Dem because they side with the Tories, and can't vote Labour because they intend to tear up your contract and assess your every working moment for the rest of your lives. UKIP? Monster Raving Loonies?
Teachers won't know who to vote for. Can't vote conservative....not sure why, can't vote Lib Dem because they side with the Tories, and can't vote Labour because they intend to tear up your contract and assess your every working moment for the rest of your lives. UKIP? Monster Raving Loonies? York Fox
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Teaching is a well paid job, good holidays, the best pension there is and until very recently, it was almost impossible to be sacked. I think having an MOT style check up is not overly intrusive, personally. Try working in just about any profession - it happens everywhere.
Teaching is a well paid job, good holidays, the best pension there is and until very recently, it was almost impossible to be sacked. I think having an MOT style check up is not overly intrusive, personally. Try working in just about any profession - it happens everywhere. CaroleBaines
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10:48am Mon 20 Jan 14

York Fox says...

Quite right Carole.
Quite right Carole. York Fox
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10:56am Mon 20 Jan 14

spiritofyork says...

can't do the job? sack them. they have it too good anyway. 3+ months holidays and the best terms that the private sector can only dream of.
can't do the job? sack them. they have it too good anyway. 3+ months holidays and the best terms that the private sector can only dream of. spiritofyork
  • Score: -1

5:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Monster raving loonies are not the same as UKIP, Foxy. UKIP are actually the most popular party in England. You need to think about that and perhaps so do the teachers?
Monster raving loonies are not the same as UKIP, Foxy. UKIP are actually the most popular party in England. You need to think about that and perhaps so do the teachers? ColdAsChristmas
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