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Readers’ comments: Too many managers, not enough discipline


IN response to Chris McGovern: A year of bad news in schools – but don’t blame lack of cash,

Abominable_Yeoman wrote:

I couldn’t agree more, Chris. I’m an ex-teacher, my wife still teaches. I can confidently assert that there is huge waste in her school. For example, on the circa £35k salary of a School Business Manager. With on costs this role, which has no direct contact with pupils, removes around £50k from the budget.

There is an admin team, a full time headteacher, two deputy heads and numerous other middle management level posts. Why do they need an SBM?

Not only but especially when you consider teachers and teaching assistants subsidise the school’s expenditure e.g. my wife buys stationery for her own and her pupils’ use.

Labour always moan about ‘nasty Tory austerity’ but as I pointed out to my clueless local Labour MP, it is mismanagement of budgets and endemic waste to which she should be directing her ire.

arnold slater wrote:

Most grandparents of the babyboomer era were taught by teachers with the talk and chalk teaching method.You had to learn by rote your tables, spellings, facts, and pupils had to duck low flying board rubbers or chalk for talking in class.Pupils had respect for their teachers, they wanted to learn and if you did wrong you were disciplined, and children understood that. Now it would appear teaching is about students, pupils’ rights, and discipline at school, like at home, would appear to be lacking. The will to learn has got to be instilled in students from their home environment. Until that is done, no matter how much money is thrown at education, standards will continue to decline.

Labour_is_bunk arnold slater replied:

The use of ‘students’ rather gives the game away. Our educational masters have slipped this word in to replace ‘pupils’ – sounds a bit more cosy and ‘inclusive’, doesn’t it? pupils’ – and not many have noticed. To me, a ‘student’ is someone who doesn’t have to be there, a school pupil is there because the law says so.

jkarna wrote:

The left-wing has complete control of academia with the emphasis on media studies and of course, gender studies. We now have a generation of snowflakes who believe in Agent Cob as the Messiah. Just look at the latest UK army recruitment drive. The Chinese concentrate on STEM subjects (stealing Western technology) and The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and are laughing their heads off at the gullible UK government who turn up for the crumbs.

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