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Reader’s comment: Teaching in a minefield

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In response to Chris McGovern: Echoes of Hitler in our schools’ transgender diktats, 39 Pontiac Dream wrote:

At the top of your article, you have quoted Andrew Tettenborn who ‘offered some advice to Eton College as it plans teaching about “the problems of sexual equality”.’

When I began my teaching qualification in 2007, I expected to teach my subject and nothing else. Teaching nowadays is a completely different minefield. Teachers are expected to be social workers, state mouthpieces, parents, confidantes. They’re expected to (as they were back in 2007) give a prescribed view of the world without debate or argument and toe the line in accordance with social norms.

I finished my teaching qualification in 2008 and chose not to teach due to the achingly Lefty liberal practices exhibited even then and the frankly dictatorial methods of teaching and learning. I look at what teachers have succumbed to now and I’m glad about my choice.



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