By Libby Purves
This full of life choice brings jointly journalist and broadcaster Libby Purves’ reviews as journalist, guardian, governor and previous scholar of part a dozen varied colleges from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, showing her eclectic and provocative evaluations and ideas on educating and studying. This selection of the simplest of her writing within the occasions academic complement covers - occasionally thoughtfully, occasionally satirically - every little thing from nationwide coverage to the oddities of headteachers and the restrictions of IT. schooling execs through the years have bought her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, idea and low fury. From ministerial insanity to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of little ones, this e-book is devoted to the leisure of a cadre of execs Libby as soon as deliberate to affix, till she misplaced her nerve. it truly is devoted, with thank you and admiration, to all academics.
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In the jungle that is modern education, a man must hone his abilities in both fight and flight. Hence the marathons? No: still not convinced. We scratched our heads. And at last, we came to the likeliest explanation. A former deputy head put his finger on why headmasters run marathons. ‘It’s desperate hunger for achievement,’ he said. ‘In education you’re always running to stand still, putting your heart into hopeless causes, or getting a job three-quarters done and then being foiled by bureaucracy or budget shortfalls’.
Even faster. The school didn’t suit, though, so next there was another head to size up. He looked suspiciously fit: before I even dared ask, he was indeed off on a half-marathon, streaking past his sixth-formers. Now, newly retired, he is going for the full 26 miles. It is a trend, almost a plague; a mania like the ergot-fuelled dancing crazes of the middle ages. Google the words ‘headmaster runs marathon’ on the web, and herds of them thunder towards you, puffing and groaning towards the finishing-tape.
But before you hurl yourselves on the fire, think about it quietly for a bit with your head resting on a nice cool changing-room locker. It’s a big step. Apple for the teacher, bananas for the head 29 JUNE 10 2005 Oh Sir, you are a card My favourite toy right now is a pack of cards, produced by the Young Enterprise group at my children’s old school. It is a variant on ‘Top Trumps’ entitled ‘Teacher Trumps’, in which 30 of the hapless staff of Royal Hospital school are photographed and allocated points according to years in post (the longest is 34), strictness, coolness, and hierarchy (though I notice that no one gets lower than five out of 10, which is prudent.