IT WAS a relief to read yesterday that teachers are at odds with their main union over locking down schools. According to a poll reported in the Telegraph, more teachers back keeping schools open than not, contrary to advice from the leadership of the National Education Union (NEU).
Depressingly, though, some 39 per cent of teachers – either jobsworths or cowards – still believe schools should close during the November lockdown against the 46 per cent who want them to remain open. A tragic set of non-committers (15 per cent of those polled) neither agreed nor disagreed, or could not answer.
The Prime Minister, or the Prime Puppet as perhaps we should start calling him, says that schools will remain open throughout the November lockdown, boldly asserting: ‘We will not allow this virus to do any further damage to the future of our children.’
Of course this was more sheer nonsense focusing on a fake foe.
What a proper Conservative Prime Minister would have said is this: ‘I will not allow my government to do any further damage to the education of our children and if that means taking on the teachers’ union bullies, I will.’
In our dreams.
Earlier this summer we challenged him – with others – to do just that. Surprise, surprise, it was to no avail. That was despite rehearsing the international evidence that shows the risk incurred by children being at school is negligible, evidence which the militant Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, is still intent on ignoring.
Instead of standing up to the union’s bullying, the Johnson Government has simply borrowed from their playbook to subjugate the entire population.
However what the Prime Puppet needs to get into his addled brain is that unless the NEU is faced down and destroyed as a force, the future for British children’s education is not just bleak, it’s dead. We will be the laughing stock of the world with our ‘Emperor has no clothes’ – no meaningful exams or qualifications – education system and our children will be terribly disadvantaged.
The majority of teachers do have their hearts in the right place: these poll results show that and are a start, so now they deserve every bit of our support we can give them.
You can give them yours by voting in our poll here:
A resounding show of support for normal decent teachers might persuade the Prime Puppet to book his overdue reverse spinectomy (I suggest he goes private) to give him the backbone to intervene and lend his government’s full weight – and the Army if need be – to headteachers to lock out unionised teachers and opt to run union-free schools.