Monday, August 29, 2005

Too much swearing

Two classes of "particularly unruly" 15 and 16 year olds are to be allowed to say the f-word at the Weavers School in Wellingborough but no more than five times in any particular lesson. The teachers should be ashamed that discipline has collapsed to such an extent. Are the children unable to count to ten?

What is being done to remedy the Ofsted report of 2004 that found that Weaver school "is not effective" and "the amount of unsatisfactory teaching is too high"?

7 comments:

Astolath said...

I couldn't believe it when I read about this - the whole staff need sacking and replacing with real teachers!

It's things like this that test my liberal sensibilities to the full...

Snafu said...

Astolath, "liberal sensibilities", you make me shudder! I doubt the union brothers and sisters would allow the teachers to be replaced for such failings. "Disadvantaged children" should never be an excuse for professional failure! Even on a value added basis, the school lags far behind other schools with similar intakes.

How can any Government expect to improve social mobility when such failure is tolerated? After eight years in power, how can teaching be at this particular school still be described as "unsatisfactory"?

Anonymous said...

The teachers should be ashamed!!??? The parents should be ashamed!

Snafu said...

Why should "The parents should be ashamed" if that is the only behaviour they know themselves? The headmaster was quoted as saying that this new policy has received no complaints!!

The dilemma for the Liberal educational establishment is whether they ever know better than the parents!

BigRedOne said...

What can you do though, when so many prospective teachers haven't even got a basic handle on their 'three r's'?! Blast, I can't find the link, hang on...

http://education.independent.co.uk/news/article308956.ece

Snafu said...

FBB, thanks for the excellent link here

How any teacher can be deemed suitable for teaching when fifteen attempts are required at passing a numeracy test is beyond me. Why should ministers feel the need to relent on a limited number of attempts at the exam because of concerns over drop out rates?

If teachers are not good enough to teach, they should not be allowed to teach. Union complaints should be ignored. The vicious circl in poor teaching will simply continue. How can children be expected to learn when their teachers only know the basics?

macdo10 said...

I loved the link to the Independant piece - but as an English teacher, I have to admit that I might have trouble with the maths part of the test. I haven't calculated percentages since I was at Baccalaureat level.
No doubt I am alone in this sorry situation ;-)
I can, lest you be worried about the standard of French Education, count up to 20 !
I would however submit that that any teacher incapable of cramming for a basic maths exam might have some trouble convincing a pupil that hard work is necessary (or should that be neccesary? ;-)

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macdo10