Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

We Must Stand Together or We'll Break Apart

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

We Must Stand Together or We'll Break Apart

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Picture the scene: you are nestling, wine in hand, in a corner of the local pub with your fellow teachers and a beloved boss. The inevitable topic of student-teacher interactions comes up, causing one of these fine colleagues to comment: "It's them or us. And that's something we've all got to learn!"

What this person meant was that, as teachers, we must always support each other against the children - because they will push, manipulate, manoeuvre and maul at our souls as we battle desperately against governmental pressure and other educational storms.

I don't agree with that view. I am aware, as J M Barrie so beautifully put it, that children can be "gay, innocent and heartless", but that is what makes them the most vibrant of all life's colleagues. Children, students, young people, human beings - they are what it's all about. They are the reason we get up at 6am and don't rest our heads until 1am. They are the reason we are constantly training, retraining and renewing ourselves and our understanding of learning through CPD. …

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