Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb, yesterday announced that he thought that teachers were rubbish and they didn’t really know a great deal about education. Mr Gibb, formerly an accountant, who joined the Government in the treasury in 1998, somehow feels qualified to speak vociferously about the British education system.
Thousands of Lessons
Mr Gibb claims he has sat “in thousands” (source The Independent) of classes after visiting at least 400 schools. This “fact” does however seem rather unlikely; as a full time teacher probably only teaches around 800 lessons a year.
Beaten with Wooden Implements
The minister stated that teachers spend too much time teaching children “joyless” skills, such as using technology, mathematical processes and scientific application. He believes that schools should instead instill, knowledge and facts; like back in the 1950’s. It is important to point out that the education system in the 1950’s was perfect – a system where grown adults systematically, and quite legally, beat and abused children with wooden implements, in front of their peers.
Businesses across the UK were quick to agree with Mr Gibb. Business leader Jack Tool pointed out; “In the UK there is a massive skills shortage. The economy is crying out for computer programmers, web developers, mathematicians and applied scientists. Therefore it is important that young people know how Ox-bow lakes are formed, can recite Henry VIII’s wives in order and decline the french verb ‘Avoir’, in all possible tenses.”
NUT leader, Christine Blower, and experienced teacher (that is a teacher with many years of experience), said “Nick Gibb’s views are profoundly wrong. He is wrong about teaching and he is wrong about learning in schools.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education told The Druid’s Loom, “Mrs Blower is a teacher and therefore her opinion on education is not important”.