Posted: Apr 16, 2019 12:22 pm
by Spearthrower
Fallible wrote:Spear, my understanding is that suspensions and exclusions are still actions a school can take, but while it's taking months and months and months to get to the point where this happens, other children's education is suffering. Yes, this always happened, as per your personal experience. It happened in my school too. But I know, because I think we are loosely the same age, that there was simply nothing like the expectation placed on pupils that there is now. I remember well how my education was interrupted daily by kids who wandered the classroom physically attacking people - no one cared that much. You performed badly in exams, performed badly. The end. In a school which was full of kids who had been expelled from elsewhere, expectations were probably less again, and so it really didn't matter what was going on. What we have now is practically a different planet. Children are constantly assessed, and there are consequences for not hitting those targets. I'm not sure what teachers are supposed to do.

Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming teachers here.

In fact, the teachers at my school were some of the most inspirational people I've ever had the fortune to meet. My life would have been much the worse without them.

If anything, they're being as badly treated by this system as the kids. But if neither the kids nor the teachers are benefiting from this, then why the fuck is it happening?

Is it going to take 40% of teachers quitting before the Department for Education gets a handle on this? Or do they think they can break it as the government seems to be doing to the NHS so they can just privatize it for the wealthy?