IN response to Kevin Donnelly: From 1975, a lesson in how to give pupils a proper education, Jude wrote:
I agree with all the ten points but particularly with Point 3. So many younger teachers seemed to see themselves as counsellors rather than teachers, able to solve all the pupils’ behavioural, familial and social problems, usually by having a ‘little chat’ with them! The subject they were supposed to teach appeared to come secondary to all other considerations. This was evident in the reports written by many teachers with the concentration on ‘social interaction’, ‘participation’ etc rather than on achievement.