Here’s a novel educational theory, espoused by an outgoing high-ranking official in British education:
Ms Atkins argued that poor teachers should not be sacked, as schools “need to reflect society”.
She told The Sunday Times: “It’s about learning how to identify good role models. One really good thing about primary school is that every kid learns how to deal with a really —- teacher.”
She continued: “I would not remove every single useless teacher because every grown-up in a workplace needs to learn to deal with the moron who sits four desks down without lamping them and to deal with authority that’s useless.
“I’d like to keep the number low, but if every primary school has one pretty naff teacher, this helps kids realise that even if you know the quality of authority is not good, you have to learn how to play it.”
I see her point. There are few things more demoralizing, after years of hard working studying and prepping and interning for the glamorous world of work than discovering that the “real world” offers some of the stupidest people you’ve ever met — and some of them are your bosses.
Maybe it’s not such a bad idea to learn early of their existence and how to deke around their insanity.
Or — is this woman nuts?
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