Respect for teachers

TEACHERS in England are constantly being criticised.

Curiously in Scotland and Wales they are valued and the standard of education is high.

I taught for 26 years in the same school, which changed from a boys’ grammar to a mixed comprehensive.

I retired after a 14-year-old lout threw a chair at me. He missed! (Typical).

Teaching is a difficult and dangerous job, on a par with the police and ambulance services. Nor is it just 8.30am-4pm in the building. There is quite a lot of social work visiting involved, as well as lesson preparation and marking, reporting to management etc.

I have had several jobs, and teaching was my fourth favourite, preceded by radio operator for taxis and delivering newspapers.

To sum up, teachers should be better treated. No chance!


Carr Street