I admire academics and specialist practitioners. The education system has been particularly well served by those with an interest in special educational needs such as dyslexia. Often, the programmes and techniques that speech pathologists develop for one-to-one teaching present the best archetype for standard classroom instruction. Students with difficulties often don’t need something qualitatively different; they just need the best possible version of what everyone needs. So I want these voices in the education debate just as I want the voices of parents, employers and politicians.
Nonetheless, there is nothing quite like being a teacher. Teachers think in systems in a way that others often do not. Unfortunately, teachers are so busy teaching that their voices are often left unheard. And that’s a problem.
Light switches in the corridors
A few years ago, the U.K. government decided to rebuild many of its schools. The first wave of rebuilding was under…
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