Recently, the Department for Gove announced proudly that you could join the Secretary of State for the Implementation of His Own Ideas and Putting his Friends in Charge of schools on Facebook where he would be sharing his views about what makes a good teacher.
Amused (well appalled, really) by this a Twitter follower suggested we use Twitter to ask teachers what they think would make a good Secretary of State for Education (using the #sosed hashtag for those of you who know how such things work on Twitter).
Here are some of the fascinating responses received.
Interestingly, none of them suggest being lax, dropping standards and making teachers work less. Maybe Cameron might not have to ‘smash’ underachievement in schools after all…
- A good sec of state would have the intellect to listen to all sides & ability to make well-informed decisions
- A good Sec of State for Ed would base policy on collective wisdom of education professionals & not pick evidence to fit his preconceptions
- A good Sec of State for Ed should champion the great work taking place in every type of school rather than just Academies & Free Schools
- A good secretary of state would applaud children’s success not undermine their efforts on the day they receive their results.
- A good secretary of state would understand that the quality of learning, not teaching should be the main focus for school inspection.
- A good secretary of state would not take the advice of TV chefs and historians to find out what students of today actually need
- A good secretary of state for education would appreciate how fantastic most teachers are and do everything possible to help & support
- A good secretary of state would realise that the profession he bemoans is the one who got him to where he is now!
- A good secretary of state for education should remember that parents have final responsibility for education, not the state.
- A good secretary of state for education should understand that school and education are not synonymous
- A good Sec of State for Ed should realise that education doesn’t just happen in school.
- A good Sec of State for Ed should know that education is about the whole person, not just their employability or future earnings
- A good sec of state should be fiercely proud of ALL that is great about state education & not always talking it down (or selling it off)
- A good sec of state should spend time understanding learning and working WITH the profession to bring innovation
And finally a succinct contribution from one @bellale
- #sosed leave