- I am not an English teacher and I rarely teach below 6th form level although recently I have had some experience in lower school.
- My level of English is at C grade level, my grammar and spelling sucks.
- I think Michael Gove should not be in office as he has no idea what he’s talking about.
This is how English education works; Student are split into groups with higher more capable students at the top and lower students at the bottom. The lower students are those they are just trying to get to pass and possibly get a C. These students have various behavioural issues, their attendance is low and they dislike having to do anything. Many cannot access the simplest of work because they have either discovered or undiscovered learning difficulties. Asking any of these children to read in itself is a task I do not wish on even the most excellent, experienced and inspirational teacher. There are some children that you just can’t reach no matter what you do!
The core texts that the students have to learn, will have the most time spent on them because these are the ones that they will gain the most marks on. So the exact texts that Michael Gove has decided in his infinite idiocy to make sure that every child must learn will switch off those who are already switched off from education. It will make the lives of the teacher trying to teach them a living hell! That teacher will also not get paid as much as their nearest compatriot because of performance related pay they will not make their increment target set by their SLT, and therefore will either remain on the same pay or even have a pay cut, because of the attainment of their students.
I feel for these students as well. Not having an English GCSE at Grade C or above will affect them for the rest of their life. Restricted to only a few careers at minimum wage (even MacDonald’s won’t take you) or even to a life on the ‘Universal Credit’. These children come from families where no one has worked for years. Where they go to sleep hungry or even in someone elses house because their dad ‘doesn’t want to see them in the house tonight’. They come to school unprepared, still hungry, dirty and hyperactive or fast asleep. Now Michael Gove wants to teach them pre 19th century texts..
Does anyone see a problem with this??