Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Here We Go Again.

The Professional Association of Teachers are holding their annual conference for teachers with nothing to do in the holidays.

They have kicked off by passing a motion, demanding the closure of Youtube, source of many a hilarious and/or death defying video, on the grounds that pupils use it to bully them.

The sad and depressing image of fully grown adults claiming once again to have been bullied by children should further convince the general population that we bring most of our woes upon ourselves. Unfortunately they are starting to think that all teachers are like this.

I wonder if Google, who have just paid a couple of billion dollars for Youtube will decide to close it down?

ps Hoorah for the sunny weather at last.

14 comments:

diane said...

I believe that "bullying" is the problem not "cyber-bullying". It's the behavior, not the tools, that needs to be addressed. Are they also going to ban paper (bullying notes), markers (bullying graffiti) and talking (bullying comments)?

guido faux said...

Why don't teachers put surveillance cameras in the classroom? Thus ensuring sweet revenge in 5 years time when prospective employers go searching youtube for past misdeeds.

Anonymous said...

my christ, I'm glad I have people so detached from the world that they are making demands like this on my behalf.

Fat Freddys Cat said...

Are teachers really this pathetic nowadays?

I want my child taught by someone with a bit about them, not some helpless creature who is frightened of them.

Sir HM said...

Sunny weather? Raining tonight in my garden.

cramerj said...

Of course teachers deserve all they get.
It was they who decided on indoctrination rather than education as their form of employment

Anonymous said...

Why don't they try and do something about the big problems (discipline, paperwork and the GTC spring to mind) instead of making us all seem like a bunch of wimps by moaning about silly things

Blue Atom said...

"British teachers have launched an all out war against technology."
Read all about it

Martin said...

PRofessional Association of Teachers? Is that PRAT for short then?

Anonymous said...

Have just started your ACE ACE ACE book, but have only just realised you have a blog !!! Wonderful stuff.

I have a brother-in-law who is a music teacher, as well as having many college chums who teach in either primary, secondary or even in the independent sector, having been drained by the state sector.

What is astonishing to me is that my brother-in-law's head gets lots of grief for excluding pupils that use drugs ! Because it drags down / pushes up some figures or targets.

By the way, can you fix it for 'fat freddy's cat' to spend a few days at an inner city comprehensive - then we'll find out if he's a 'cheshire cat' or a 'scaredy cat'..

Tom Welsh said...

The sad thing is that the same pathetic people who clamour (futilely) to close down Utube are the same ones who insist that "children" must not be punished in any way that would have any chance of modifying their behaviour. So, rather than stop a pupil behaving badly by warning, then punishing that pupil, they would prefer to stop everyone using a global institution that makes many people happy every day. They need to get some guts, and some moral courage.

the Who said...

Sad gits. But that's what happens when you allow people to go- school, Uni then back to school again without ever experiencing the real World.

We need teachers with some idea of reality/

Anonymous said...

why are teachers always complaining but not doing anything about it? If your union leaders are pathetic replace them. You must have voted this shower into office!

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