From: G Smith, Grange Moor, Wakefield.
I AM now happily entering my 92nd year and most of that time was spent in education.
When I was in the Army, I was an instructor in the Royal Army Education Corps where I taught new recruits how to read and write and when I was demobbed, I decided to teach. For the last 22 years of my teaching career, I was a headteacher at two schools.
Having been retired for 30 years, I can’t help feeling that the teacher of today has a more difficult task than I had.
Because of a decline in moral standards in our society brought about by drugs, lawlessness, poor parenting and so on, there seems to be a lack of respect for all types of authority.
This tends to be brought into the classroom and teachers have problems with discipline.
Politicians don’t help when they use education like a political football for their own ends.
Mr Blair came along and unfurled his famous banner ‘Education, education, education’ and we all hoped for a brand new world.
Alas and alack, what happened to the banner Mr Blair – did you leave it in Iraq?
Teaching is a great profession and a good teacher is worth their weight in gold.
Let us support them and let them get on with the job.