I have had the advantage the last few weeks of beginning to enjoy my retirement after the problems (and joys) of moving house.
I am now able to spend time looking through my usual information sources, namely, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and try and keep up with the latest developments in my major field of interest, education. I have also found a new source of valuable information in the different groups that I belong to on Linkedin.
It has been fascinating to see how things have been developing whilst I am sat on the sidelines looking on so to speak. It seems to me that things have not changed that much there is still the ongoing discussion about Governments trying to dictate to teachers how they must teach and judging them by results only. There is the slow pace of adoption of educational technology. The voices of sanity (as I call them) continue to state their concerns and the voices of reaction continue to believe that there needs to be more and more draconian measures to combat what they see as the “descent into the educational abyss”.
I am so glad to be where I am. I no longer feel a deep frustration because the things I want to see in schools just aren’t happening and the things that I don’t want to see increasingly are! I feel free to put forward my views about the madness of our age and not fear that I might somehow be seen as offending the powers that be.
The problem is that there are so many of my colleagues who are suffering from the iniquities of our times. They are the victims of politicians who know that they can score cheap points in political rhetoric by stating the mantra of “standards”. They are under constant pressure to perform and their “results” in terms of tests and examinations are looked at in detail and can result in their dismissal.
I have the advantage of sitting on the sidelines. I do not live under the pressures or the taunts . I no longer have to face disgruntled parents who feel free to tell me how I should teach because they know how to run a school since they went to a few of them once!
There are advantages of sitting on the sidelines and screaming out loud that the game is going wrong… there are great frustrations as well…. is anyone listening? Who cares about the man jumping up and down and waving his arms wildly?