Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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Today’s talking point


SCHOOLS are reportedly considering introducing a three-day week in the face of crippling energy costs and teacher pay rises. 

Some may have a recruitment freeze, scrap Covid catch-up programmes or planned investments in school buildings. Other cuts may involve shorter school days, fewer after school clubs and extra-curricular activities.

Are schools really telling us that not teaching children is a serious option in their portfolio of cost-cutting? How about teachers proving how much they care about their vocation by not demanding a pay rise? They are beginning to sound remarkably like the NHS: that the only way they can survive is by withdrawing their core raison d’etre and operating solely in their own interests.

What about our interests – the mugs paying inflated taxes to get nothing in return and no money left to follow a private option? What about the national interest? Would such reductions in service be tolerated in China, South Korea and the many other education systems out-performing the UK? 

How much does it really cost to teach a child if you have knowledge and skills, beyond chalk and a blackboard and desks and chairs? TCW readers would be able to offer numerous cost-saving exercises – ending corrupt LGBTQ and gender indoctrination classes for a start. Asking the teachers – who don’t work the year round – to give their time free for Covid catch-up classes, the need for which after all they are to blame. Let us not forget how keen the teaching unions were to close schools in the time of Covid, although it was known that the danger from children was negligible, and how they fought against re-opening.

And how about inviting some hardworking men back into the profession who won’t inflate costs by demanding endless inefficient ‘family-oriented’ part-time working practices?

Indeed does the apparent carelessness and lack of commitment of the teaching profession reflect its feminisation? Today only 30.5 per cent of 624,520 full-time teachers are male, less than a third, while 69.5 per cent are female, a proportion that rises at primary level to 82.4 per cent and increasing

In the NHS, 76.7 per cent of 1.3million staff are women, as are 55 per cent of GPs. 

Is letting women rule the roost a price really worth paying?

Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind.

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