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Getting your excuses in early

Or 'It's a fair cop, but society is to blame' or 'hose everything down with taxpayers' money'.

This from the NASUWT, generally regarded as the more moderate of the main teaching unions, (formerly headed by Nigel De Gruchy, famous for his 'so draconian it would shame Dracula' gaffe of many years ago):

  • school staff felt that living in run-down areas encourages pupils to carry out minor crimes, such as vandalism and graffiti;
  • substandard housing, a lack of play areas and insecure school sites were all felt to have a negative impact on pupil behaviour and achievement;
  • areas with low quality housing tend to have highly transient populations, which has a negative impact on schools’ ability to meet education standards and promote positive pupil behaviour. It can also lead to demotivation among teaching staff and high staff turnover;
  • schools in deprived areas are under pressure to play a larger role in the community by hosting services and facilities for families. This can detract from teaching and stretch schools’ capacity;
Or in other words, it does not matter how much more money is thrown at education unless a Socialist New Jerusalem is built at the same time. Funny how pupils in the undeveloped world seem to behave and learn when the only teaching tools at a teacher's command are a blackboard and a stick of chalk.

Anyway, nothing like sticking to one's knitting, is there?

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Blogger JuliaM said... 6:25 pm

"Funny how pupils in the undeveloped world seem to behave and learn when the only teaching tools at a teacher's command are a blackboard and a stick of chalk."

Because they know (and are therefore grateful for) the value of education?  

Blogger James D said... 10:35 pm

Welcome to the suburban dystopia.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:57 pm

Julia - so one might think.

James - Guess where I live, guess which union my other half belongs to....  

Blogger ScotsToryB said... 3:37 am

Can it ever be OT?

Harry's Place is jumping on the Juchewagon too:


and via the comments, the Juicewagon :)



Blogger Tiresias said... 8:55 am

The introduction to yesterday's feature on the Wonsan Youth Power Station (that it was designed to produce 'a lot of electricity')slightly undercut the stirring story which followed.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:25 am

STB - Good for Harry & co, there's plenty of DPRK stuff to go round, and as lefties go, Harry etc are a fairly sensible bunch. Good spot.

T - Gah, I must have missed that. Sordid commerce will sometimes intervene and prevent me from engaging in more interesting endeavours.  

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