If such a pipedream materialised, then our children would be, in too many cases, demotivated and disenchanted by highly paid disciplinarians, many of whom today would be classed as those teachers unable to do the job. The poor teacher finds it easy to teach able children in rows; such pupils are easy to teach. It is the pupils in the average ability range that need motivating and enthusiastic teachers to enable them to achieve their full potential.
The issues confronting our education system today are not teaching methods, but teaching conditions: class size, classroom condition and an insistence on a return to a provocative class culture - the latter exemplified by the renewed debate on selection.
R. E. Burke
30 JanuaryReuse content