Teachers do what they do because they believe that they can change people’s lives.
Very often, they believe that an inherent change is necessary from within education. ‘It’s not working,’ they say.
Teach First has struck a chord with the masses and become the biggest graduate recruiter in the country by promising its followers that they will lead a transformational change of the educational system. Future Leaders follows a similar rhetoric.
And yet, people (not least those very same teachers) get very cross when change is dictated from up high. Tristram Hunt got in trouble yesterday when he said that he wouldn’t change the change; a potential change of the change would have been better than the perceived change of not changing.
So, to change…or not to change? I asked twitter what they would do, in 140 characters, if they got the education secretary job tomorrow. Thanks to all of the wonderful contributors.
What would you do?