On Wednesday morning I know there will be disruption to your normal routine. Your childs school may be closed. Or you may have one child in, whilst the others has the day off. Guaranteed to cause at least one very upset kid, and one very smug one.
I’m sure you will be muttering about how inconvenient it is. How teachers are just being a nuisance, whinging on again about their bloody pensions! I’ve seen the comments on my Facebook feed, us teachers are a selfish lot!
Before you jump on the teacher bashing bandwagon, please take a step back and try to look at it from our point of view. Striking is no longer just about pay and pensions, it is about the fact that Michael Gove and his new “initiatives” are bringing the education system to its knees.
The parents of the children I teach put trust in me to do the very best for their child and this government is making this harder by the day. Take a few minutes and think about what you want for your childs education.
Teaching is an active job, you are on your feet for most of the day. In all honesty do you want teachers in their 60’s in the classroom? I already have less energy than I did 10 years ago, I dread to think where my energy levels will be in another 30 years.
Look to the future when your child is sitting their GCSE and A-levels, do you want your child’s exam syllabus to be constantly changing? Where teachers cannot give the best advice and help possible because the course content has changed yet again for the umpteenth time in a row.
Do you want your child to feel that they matter at school? To feel that the teacher knows their name and cares how they are feeling, wants to get to know them as a person. Or do you want them to be a level on a spreadsheet? If they are on target they will probably go a full day without being spoken to once by a member of staff, they won’t be a priority. On the other side, if they are below target they will be “intervened” to within an inch of their life!
Do you want your children to be taught by enthusiastic staff who enjoy their job? Or by exhausted, demotivated, stressed, one step away from chucking it all in, individuals who are constantly being told they are simply not good enough.
Is it important to you that your child is taught my qualified staff who have trained in their subjects and pass on their love of learning, or would you be happy to have your child taught by someone with 4 GCSE’s, minimum grade C!
On Wednesday morning NUT members will be striking in order to try and make their voices heard. I ask just one thing, before you complain about what a pain they are being, please consider the reasons they are taking this action. They just want to be allowed to do the job they love to the very best of their ability, which means the best for your kids. They want to be allowed to get on and teach!
Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.
Mrs Not A Frumpy Mum