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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Solidarity

To all the teachers on strike today.  My dad was a schoolteacher (selfishly failing to be born into a middle class background and become an Oxbridge-trained university professor, thus costing me at least two jobs; I gotta get me some therapy).  Because of that I know how hard teachers work (it's why I didn't follow in his footsteps) and how reluctant the vast majority of teachers are to take strike action.  The other thing I picked up from being the child of a teacher was how it is a job that every f*cker in the land thinks they can do better than the people actually trained to do the job can (maybe it's what predisposes me to get so angry with all the unqualified gits who think they can write better history than actual historians).  And that only magnifies how sick and tired they are of being kicked around like political footballs by arrogant, unqualified Oxford-educated twats* like Michael Gove (and his predecessors).  I offer the pic below to keep you smiling in the face of the shit-storm the right-wing media will doubtless launch upon you.



Also this:




* What is wrong with these people?  Brought up from the age of, what -5? 8? - to believe that they are ipso facto better than everyone else and that their opinion outweighs everyone else regardless of whether they know what they're talking about?  (Even if Gove got into this circle via scholarships rather than inheritance.)  No one not of their ilk even has an opinion worth listening to.  I was exposed to one of this type at a conference in Princeton not long ago.  Reminds me of someone who wrote a book on a 'certain barbarian group' 22 years ago, has rewritten the book at least 3 times since and published the same argument in countless articles without changing his mind about *anything* in the interim - not one thing: not merely not to change his mind, but not even to modify, moderate or refine his opinion.  About anything.  What it must be, eh, to know the truth, the right answer, when you're still a PhD student and be completely right about everything.  In his own circles he's thought of as ferociously intelligent.  In my book it's the opposite of intelligence.  But he's not alone.  Not by a long chalk.  Those fellow Oxonians, Camerons, Osbornes and Goves are exactly of a type. F*ckers.

7 comments:

  1. One of Gove's knackier notions at the Dept. for "Education" has been the effective elimination of the entire evaluation function within the department. He now has, to a first approximation, fcuk all evidence for or against anything he may say or do. On purpose. This is worth bearing in mind when he opens his mouth.

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  2. As another child of school teachers I share your sentiment. I had to witness a rant against a friend expressing solidarity with the strike in facebook comment, with the fool in question declaring 'you don't see the private sector going on strike, do you!?' and lambasting teachers for their apparent oodles of free leisure time in the summer. I want this moron to shadow a teacher in the summer holidays and learn just how much 'leisure time' they actually get.

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    1. One of the University of York's finest, I imagine?

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  3. How do you extrapolate logically from this post to a belief that either a: Gove is responsible for all ills in UK education or b: that everything was fine before this government came in (you might want to read the piece again and note the phrase 'and predecessors')?
    What is undeniable - though it looks as though this might conceptually be beyond you - is that Gove's hammering of a neo-liberal agenda onto UK schools and his own dabbling in issues that he has no competence in have certainly made things worse.

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  4. As a footnote to that, I'd add that if you think that no-one public school/Oxford educated "has an opinion worth listening to" then I have two words for you: Peter Brown (Shrewsbury School and New College Oxford)...

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    1. If you think that that is what I wrote, I suggest that you read the piece again, closely this time.

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