Monday, November 22, 2010

Gill Goodswen

When I heard that Gill Goodswen had become the new President of the National Union of Teachers, I couldn't remember where I'd heard her name before. Then it came to me. She was the Headmistress who heroically took a stand on one of the biggest issues in education today- ie the urgent need to change the words in traditional children's stories in order to avoid offending Muslims (who aren't offended and frankly couldn't care less according to their own leader Ibrahim Mogra)

Anyway she has just signed a statement backing the planned walkouts by the kids on Wednesday to protest about Universities being allowed to charge up to £9000. This does seem a bit odd for the leader of a couple of hundred thousand teachers who presumably will have to deal with the consequences of all these kids wandering around the playground chanting slogans and singing songs (not Three Little Pigs hopefully).

I'll repeat my usual statement:

Why can't we have a sliding scale of further education grants, so we pay for the cleverest and not the dimwits? Like any idea, it is prejudiced against some group but I'd rather it was the clown doing Media Studies than the bright spark doing Physics.


English Pensioner said...

When I took my "A" Levels all those years ago, there was a "Scholarship" level which was far harder than the "A" levels and which only the high fliers bothered to take. If one passed it, one was virtually guaranteed a place at one of the best universities and automatically got a grant. It still seems a good idea to me, particularly if only academic subjects were available.

Don said...

Totally agree with English Pensioner here. I took S Levels in French and Latin, getting a Grade 1(Distinction) in French, which was apparently reserved for the top 0.1% of candidates.

They were phased out in 2001, being ultimately replaced by the new A* A level grade as denoting the highest level of achievement, but even in academic subjects that's nowhere near as demanding as an S level used to be.

Anonymous said...

To reduce student numbers why not modify entry requirements to the professions?
Requiring teachers to have a degree does not in itself make a good teacher and I hear today that they are thinking of teachers requiring to have a Masters as well in the future, where will it all end, before we know where we are they will require nurses and police officers to have degrees!

Jasper said...

Lunatics taking over the asylum... but I daresay someone's already brought out that old cliché...