Monday, 30 September 2013

Teaching and the Yellow brick road

Let this play as you read......

When did you come down? When did you land? Have you done so yet? I know what you are thinking; this boys too young to be singing the blues. Well, guess what? We have problems in education. Problems that can tarnish the quality work you and I do every single day. There are some amongst our profession who do not care, plan and/or value teaching (any more). Now we are not discussing those who need and want support. We are solely focussing on those who probably were brilliant teachers but whom now seem to be more destructive than they can imagine. Let us be even more honest here. You know exactly what I am talking about.

Travel back in time and things were very different. The yellow brick road was built with passion, dedication, enthusiasm and the belief that a real difference could be made. On your teacher training course you were able to work with your own tin men and helped each other to develop the courage that was dearly sought after. You dodged the apple throwing trees during the bad times and probably feel like the wicked witch still can hold you back if it was not for your awesomeness. But my friends, you accomplished it. Obtained a license to teach. The hours spent planning were all worth it.

Think about that incredible feeling you had. At what point does it go? As cynicism rotted a personality that was so creative it depressingly saw the internal academic walls crumble. Planning turned into an unhealthy recycling routine and students became a source of distinct unhappiness. I have never understood how some can become cultured into slating students. Things have got bad. 

These people do us, involved within education for such pure reasons, no favours. We have had to deal with sarcasm from a young teaching age. Those who can't, teach. The next time some pretentious idiot fires that out at just ask them who quoted it and the date. Remind them of how teaching has professionalised since that early statement.

Back to the dark arms of society. How can we help? It is obvious that a strategy is required. What about a confidential point of contact? How would this work? Teaching is a long old game, it is obvious that motivation and interest can dip. It is also a vital aspect of society. Mercy is one thing but an acceptance of sub standard practice is simply not a solution. I have already said goodbye to many yellow brick roads. What do we do? We find other ones. Staff need support in doing this. They do not want to be patronised. Balance will be vital. One thing is for sure though. Those who simply do not want to contribute more positively, who do not want to treat the profession with the due care it deserves and wish to engage with a 9 to 5 cheque printing business; goodbye. Cut them loose. Some probably want this to happen. They need that push.

It certainly an issue that needs addressing. Whilst Ofsted have been very aggressive with their approach of inspections and those educators they feel should be gone from the profession, I am pretty sure that the cobwebs have been shaken off a few and that others have ran towards the woods. Letting Dorothy and her pals ride on through. This is one small positive aspect of a campaign which will be reviewed more in time. 

Whilst this article was not meant to be read in manner that is similar to the sensational moments of Beethoven's Allegretto, I feel it is important to discuss a phenomena that I just cannot really explain. One, that in the past, has scared me. One that we need to address. Please share your thoughts.