THOUGHTS FOR PRE-SERVICE AND BEGINNING TEACHERS (12)

DUMPING IS RUINING

One of the things educators must avoid is the ‘rush’ put upon them by systems to cram more and more into the teaching space of each day and week. It seems that whenever anything, ANYTHING becomes urgent or imperative, it is on schools and teachers to fix the issue.

Schools prima facie, become the repository of all social accountabilities. Teachers have to fix issues that go well and truly beyond the educational pale.

I believe we have to resist the issue of becoming the dumping ground for what governments and society feel needs fixing. Authorities identify problems, toss them at schools to fix and like Ponticus Pilot wash their hands of further responsibility. their hands. “Another problem downloaded” one can hear them think.

That is not the way it should work. Educators are accountable people but we are reduced if we accept the dumps that can smother teachers and schools. We need to know our boundaries.

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