Gove Out!

by Chuck on Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

*If you’re only interested in GMAT tuition, please scroll down to the next post. I wouldn’t normally put a non-GMAT post here but this one is too important*

Buy me!

You may have run into me in town in which case I probably gave you my card. Or you may simply have found my site through your interest in Michael Gove and his policies.

Either way, here’s the deal: I work in education. I’m passionate about improving the education. There are a number of changes I’d like to see, both practical and ideological. But the main one is that I’d like to see an Education Secretary who has worked in education and who trusts and respects all school staff. Failing that, I’d like to see an Education Secretary who recognises his/her lack of experience in the field and is prepared to listen to education professionals and follow their advice as far as is practical (and who trusts and respects all school staff). It seems to me that Michael Gove is not fit for purpose. I would like to see him replaced with someone with the humility to learn from and work with education professionals. I’m not affiliated to a political party: I make these observations purely as a response to current policy.

That’s why I’ve printed the T-shirts (above and below) that you might have seen me wearing. 100 T-shirts cost £444. I’m selling them for £5 each with free postage and packing for those outside London. I have no intention of making a profit.

If you’re passionate about education, please consider buying one and spreading the word. If you’re wondering why education professionals are always so angry, and what the strike on the 26th is about, have a look at what we want on the pictures below and consider informing yourself. Most teachers are passionate about teaching. They’re not in it for the money or the holidays. They often work 70+ hours a week, much of which time is spent on their feet and doing their best for a large number of young people whose life chances they want to improve. But even though teachers are overworked, they don’t like striking. They’re doing so out of desperation. They feel demonised and misrepresented by Mr Gove. They feel insulted that someone from outside education should imagine he can walk in and arrogantly tell them how to do their jobs. They’ve had enough. Many people have left school teaching because their work-life balance is appalling. Those that remain are by and large doing their best despite government interference.

Read me!

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Thank you for taking the time to read my explanation. I don’t write pieces like this for nothing. This is what I care about; improving the education system is the difference I want to make in the world. We appreciate your support. And if you want to come along on the 26th, we’ll welcome you with open arms.

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