In comparison, my 20-year-old daughter and her female friends have spent the summer gaining work experience, and also earning far more than me as a teacher, in advertising and the media, merchant banks, law firms and business consultancy firms. Only one wants to teach in a primary school after her degree.
Girls have far more opportunities for a motivated career than was open to my generation. Unless teaching is given a higher status it will not be able to attract the bright, articulate people it needs.
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