It is clear from the whole tenor of her article that Ms Maxwell, like many people, has never relinquished the negative view of teachers she formed in her schooldays, seeing them as irritating authoritarians who make you work while you would rather be having a good time. Her sympathies are with the kids. She is right that bad teachers increase truancy. The more positive corollary is that good ones prevent it.
By the way, I am not a teacher. I prefer to earn more than twice as much in industry and, now my children have left school, to take my holidays when I choose, at bargain rates.
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