A petition calling on the Education Secretary to ‘experience exactly what it is to be a teacher’ has attracted over 100,000 signatures.
Started by teacher Amy Neill, it calls on Michael Gove to ‘teach a class of primary children for at least half a term in order to appreciate and respect what a challenging job we actually do’. She stated: “It is absolutely absurd that, in this day and age, the secretary for education, who has the power to make important changes, has no grasp on the education system and what teachers do. Before Mr Gove can make any more ridiculous changes to our pay, pensions and working conditions, he needs to experience exactly what it is to be a teacher.”
Comments from the teachers, journalists and students who signed the petition included:
Sally B: ‘I would like to see Gove teach the other half of the term in a secondary school doing between 50-60 hours a week that I do on an average week…… this includes after schools with students and the odd Saturday morning with them too…. unpaid I might add!’
Sam C: ‘Gove telling teachers how to teach is like a child telling a surgeon how to remove an appendix because they’ve played a game of Operation.’
Ned: ‘… this is a really daft idea which is definitely never going to happen…. He’s not qualified as a teacher, also someone needs to run the department of education. Even him working in a school for one day would just be a crowd-pleaser, seems unlikely to make any difference to policy decisions.’
Do you support the petition and if so why? Share your thoughts with the Eteach community!