In response to Chris McGovern: Young, gifted and poor – the saddest reality programme ever, 39 Pontiac Dream wrote:
Apologies, Chris, but I will be following the Blob, as you put it, and not watching it. There are far too many news stories on many things, education being one, that make my blood boil and my heart ache. You have more balls than I do, Gunga Din.
As I’ve commented on these pages before, as a teaching graduate who has witnessed the gradual decline in education and aspiration, these stories do nothing for my heart rate. There are many problems in education which successive governments only seem to exacerbate by their mere involvement. I’d have said, many years ago, that the best way for students to evolve is in an environment reciprocal to their needs, aptitude and aspiration and, also, when the professionals (the teachers) can get on with things without the constant interference of politics. This won’t be happening at any time soon as many in the teaching profession spend more time whining about hours and pay rather than the general decline in teaching and learning. Unless some of them put their heads above the parapet and speak for common sense, this profession (and most importantly, its students) will continue to suffer.