Albus Dumbledore voted the teaching profession’s favourite teacher
I read the above headline from The Independentwith some despondency, which turned to bemusement when I investigated further. I’m not normally a reader of fiction, and certainly no Harry Potter fan, so I had no idea who this character was. But that, and the accompanying photo failed to save me from gloom, when contemplating the prospect of a profession at best so middlebrow that it couldn’t think of anyone weightier than this. To be fair, Miss Jean Brodie did figure (I suspect Old Andrew might have something to say about that…) as did Mr. Keating from Dead Poets’ Society, who despite the reckless of his idealism might just have made it onto my own (very) short list.
What’s more, The Independent sloppily failed to mention that the TES survey had been about fictional characters only, and that there were only around…
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