Teachers thinking for themselves?
Michael Tidd says that we can each be dated by the oldest education tome we own (“Which educational opus says the most about you?”, 11 August). Mine is the 1905 Handbook of Suggestions for Teachers. This official document stresses that “each teacher shall think for himself and work out for himself such methods of teaching as may use his powers to the best advantage and be best suited to the particular needs and conditions of the school”. I agree with that – but it shows how out-of-date I am with current officially sanctioned practice.