This week has seen yet another massively important issue tossed around in a cavalier fashion by politicians and media folk. It’s the all-too-common attack-as-defence routine: ie – here is my view and you must be a complete idiot/light-weight/joke/hypocrite/fascist if you don’t agree. It’s pretty frustrating.
I am talking about the debate on Qualified Teacher Status. If you only watched Newsnight and the news reports of the House of Commons debate, you’d have a very wierd view of the issues. There’s a bit more to it than worrying about whether Tristram Hunt’s children’s education will suffer if at some hypothetical time in the future they have to face an unqualified teacher. I despair hearing reports of Michael Gove having Tristram Hunt ‘on the ropes’ in the House of Commons – as if that bit of theatre proves any substantial point of any kind.
Thankfully, intelligent commentators such as Tom Bennett and…
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