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The impending launch of Teachers’ TV

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

I always thought that teachers had a really tough job, but that the benefits they received (such as long school holidays) successfully balanced the difficultly of the job. But what one teacher had to say, as reported in this Education Guardian article made me think that, perhaps, teachers
have it easier than I thought:

“People aren’t necessarily going to want, after a hard day, to watch teacher telly,” says music teacher Robert Fox. “We shouldn’t be expected to do training outside work time.”

That’s a heck of a cushy job then, if you only work 9-5, Monday to Friday, with thirteen weeks’ holiday, on a starting salary of nearly £19,000, with no requirement for out-of-hours training. That’s nearly £14 per hour.

A £19,000 starting salary is much more than (and I know I’m biased here) a PRHO’s starting salary of £17,935, which works out at an hourly rate of £8.97. And medics have to pay for five year’s tutition too (and will be in around £20,000 debt under the current system – more under the new system) because of this. Is a newly qualified teacher really worth 55% more per hour than a newly qualified doctor? And when did you last hear about doctors complaining about having to do out-of-hours training?

I have the upmost repect for the hardwork teachers do, but I really hope they stop moaning about how much they get paid, especially if they’re going to make comments like that above when a TV service is being provided to make their job easier (at a cost equivalent of 1000 PRHOs, or 346 GPs, or 376 dentists). When so much is spent on making an already attractive job easier, only to be received with comments like the above, it makes me feel really quite angry.

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