At the start of the February holidays in 2015, a travelling friend of a teacher told me, ‘You know, I think teachers should just be left alone. They are given a lot of slack and should just be left to do their job.’
Nicky Morgan, you should be taking notes!
Throughout my career so far, people have always freely given their opinions about the teaching profession and how they consider educators to have the ‘easiest job ever’. The more cynical lot think that it is a job for those who have failed at a real career. Others believe teachers have it super easy with brick-wall job security, particularly during global economic hardships. The other slightly more envious bunch, think that teachers do no real work at all, with all their jolly holidays. Plus, there is always the occasional parent that gives the impression of being able to do a far better job then you. It is very rare that you find a person who can empathise with the crazy people that dedicate their lives to educate future politicians, doctors and magicians, and those that do are normally fellow teachers or their spouses!
A couple of years ago a somewhat Scottish and opinionated online Dragon, Shaf Rasul, devoted one of his business themed articles to teachers. Paraphrasing his article (which I believe was not intended to be detrimental or slam the hard work of educators throughout the UK) he’d stated that teachers should not be exempt from workplace reforms that were looking to increase the pension age and working hours in public sector workforces. After meeting with him shorty after his published article, he told me that if I could give him 10 good reasons why he was wrong, then he would feature my counterargument in his next article. So I happily accepted.
While this has not been the first, and will definitely not be the last time that teachers face scrutiny, I believe that the argument for lengthened schools days continues to prop up in governmental proposals. Again, only last year were there talks of 9-hour school days and shortened school holidays. Whilst this does not pose an immediate threat to schools in the UK or their international counterparts, I’m sure it won’t be long until the argument again soon rears its ugly head. Therefore, in a bid to continue supporting hardworking teachers worldwide and the very people of which they care for, the children, here are 10 good reasons why school holidays should not be cut or school hours increased…