I think I might have a justifiable case for being considered completely and utterly bonkers!
Teachers have to contend with soul sapping Ofsted inspections, violent, rude and disrespectful little thugs and their unemployed, aggressive parents, who all seem to know their ‘rights’ but not their responsibilities and a complete lack of gratitude from the outside world, who think that teachers complain too much and get too many holidays.
I’ve spent some time reading blogs from established teachers, all of whom describe life in a state school as a war, one which the teachers are steadily losing, as their mortal enemies, the pupils gain more and more power over them, helped by incompetent Senior Management Teams. Their blogs are riddled with stories of assault, incompetence and lies. Links to these blogs can be found on the sidebar to the right.
Faced with this endless stream of negativity you would forgive me if I threw up my hands in desperation and withdrew my application, but I’m not going to. Not because I’m naïve or idealistic, not because I don’t believe that all this stuff won’t affect me, but because I know that somehow all this negativity is worth it. Frank Chalk, Old Andrew and Ranting Teacher are all teachers or former teachers, they care deeply about the profession, about their colleagues, the subjects they teach and their students. This tells me that there is essentially something positive and worthwhile about teaching and I’m looking forward to discovering this for myself.