A Little Learning: Broodings from the back of the class by Libby Purves

By Libby Purves

This vigorous choice brings jointly journalist and broadcaster Libby Purves’ stories as journalist, dad or mum, governor and previous scholar of part a dozen diversified colleges from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, showing her eclectic and provocative critiques and ideas on educating and studying. This number of the simplest of her writing within the occasions academic complement covers - occasionally thoughtfully, occasionally paradoxically - every little thing from nationwide coverage to the oddities of headteachers and the restrictions of IT. schooling execs through the years have got her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, thought and coffee fury. From ministerial insanity to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of children, this publication is devoted to the enjoyment of a cadre of execs Libby as soon as deliberate to hitch, until eventually she misplaced her nerve. it truly is committed, with thank you and admiration, to all lecturers.

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You just look, if you don’t believe me. There are hundreds of them. As I write, I gather that Sir Dexter Hutt, executive head of the Ninestiles federation of secondary schools in Birmingham, is planning to run in his third (the last being seven years ago) and has set himself a target of doing it in under 3 hours 45 minutes. So why this weird correlation of academic leadership and sweaty trainers? A brainstorming session with teacher-moles came up with several suggestions. The first, obviously, is showing off.

The bad news, mate, is that nobody has to listen any more. You are no longer Il Dottore, Mister Inspector, the Big Chief, He Who Must be Obeyed. The Education Secretary is no longer compelled to defend you at every turn. You are just another voice in a very large cacophony. From now on, what you say may be read with pleasure (you do have a nice turn of phrase) but it will often be met with words which no Big Cheese ever normally hears. ’ and ‘sez you’. Apart from a few deeply sad individuals suffering from personal confusion, no columnist really has the slightest illusion about their importance.

Total strangers with studs in their noses call you ‘grandad’ and advise you to get out of the way of their micro-scooters. You think of a nice ironic little joke, and realise that you have no audience beyond the wife and dog, and the features editor of the local paper who has offered you a column says he doesn’t find it particularly funny, actually. You end up writing letters to the papers beginning with the announcement that you were a headteacher for 26 years, which unaccountably causes the letters editor to put it on a pile marked ‘Fillers’.

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