Top Gear, Top Smear

Danielle Anne Lynch

Let’s imagine that I, a secondary school RE teacher, punch someone who’s paid to direct me in my craft, let’s say my head teacher, because I vehemently disagree with the way she wants me to do my job (not because she didn’t provide me with a nice school dinner). Will I keep my job? I can imagine the situation where she agrees to let me keep the job after a cool down period because I have never done anything like this before and have shown remorse for ever having done it.

As a teacher, should I allow a child’s poor behaviour to go unpunished because they have achieved the highest level of their class in my subject? (Do I need to answer this?) We continually teach children that their actions have consequences, such that when they have real jobs, they will have learnt how to behave appropriately towards others, even…

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