I do fear for the generations of people who came of age thinking that pop-punk is what punk is, and that all the rebellion you need is just to stick your tongue out in the mirror every once in a while.

Jello Biafra

I really fear for a generation of teachers who have come in to the profession being told how to be a teacher. It scares me half to death that the people who control this are the people least educated to understand it from the perspective of those who have to go through it. I have had to put my gag reflex on full beam every time I read a @NickyMorgan01 quote recently.

I am scared because I see so many teachers who have wilted to the status quo and seem to buy in to this rhetoric from people who just do not understand. I know many have not but too many have accepted the narratives they are given, either via their SLTs or the government and they lie down and ‘get on with it’. I believe more should ask WHY? Enter into a dialogue. Without challenging the status quo what chance does real innovation have? Is that not how we got to where we are today?

“Punk was originally about creating new, important, energetic music that would hopefully threaten the status quo and the stupidity of the 1970s.” Another Jello quote that I can see so much in regarding the approaches to education today. I just wish that teaching could be brought back to its heart – Its moral purpose. That the teacher voice was so much stronger than it seems. Everywhere I look – in the papers, on twitter and on the web I read how the current political momentum in education has not only tipped the balanced their way but they are now beginning to shackle it down so that fighting back will be harder than ever. So, the question I keep asking myself is: Is everyone happy with the way education is going in this country? Strangely I don’t get that feeling… Assessment, workload, school status, finance, retention, examinations, admissions, school places, and recruitment – the list just goes on and on. So, where is the unified voice?

Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.

Albert Camus

Are we so fragmented that unifying us is not possible? Have we slipped into the Pygmalion effect, without knowing it?

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Angry Farmers

I was in France this week and the Farmers were rebelling. They know how to protest, dumping tons of manure at the entrances and exits to the motorways and onto the roundabouts -then lighting it up. They upset everyone! They just seemed not to care because they were passionately opposed to what was happening regarding their future. Now, I am not suggesting that we all pile marking on the M25 but if you are unhappy you should let this be known loud and clear and very publically. But how would a teacher do this today? Write a BLOG? Join a union? Is this as far as we can go now?

It seems that we have no choice but to submit to higher authority through either admiration or imitation. As Etienne de La Boetie in Discourse to Voluntary Servitude observed,

“So many men, so many villages, so many cities, so many nations sometimes suffer under a single tyrant who has no other power than the power they give; who could do them absolutely no injury unless they preferred to put up with him rather than contradict him… it is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or rather bring about their own servitude.”

What is scary is we know that imitation is an important part of how we learn culturally. What have we learnt as a school system over the last 5 years? How has our language changed? What do we believe the impact of our school system will be in 10 years?

I like the word PUNK. It has attitude and conviction. There is a DIY sense of innovation attached to it. It has a strong history of energy and anger at its very core. I think the Punk thing is about developing Leader virtues over Follower virtues. I have been forever saying that ALL teachers are LEADERS. Maybe I should be saying all teachers are PUNKs

So come on, somebody make my day.

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