Teach­ers think­ing for them­selves?

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - FEEDBACK - Colin Richards

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 I agree with that – but it shows how out-of-date I am with cur­rent of­fi­cially sanc­tioned prac­tice.

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