Saturday, December 13, 2003

How We Got Here

Check out this story at the Beeb. Here's the opener:

Less than a third of teachers are happy with the government's handling of education, a survey suggests.
Just 28% of 984 staff questioned in England and Wales were satisfied with ministers' performance, Mori found, while 1% were very satisfied.

Meanwhile, 51% said they were fairly or very dissatisfied.

And let me be the first to say 'Who cares ?'. I mean, blah, blah, blah, employee morale and whatever. Certainly, we'd rather they be happy than sad, but - shocking though it may be for the teachers to hear this - it ain't about them.

Can anyone imagine Ford stopping production of a successful car because the employees don't like it ? Or British Airways cancelling flights because the flight crew get bored flying there ? Not likely. Only in this one specific case do the interests of the staff so blatantly overide those of the public.

It is well past time these people were reminded that they are performing a job, not doing us a favour.

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