Ex-troops without degrees to train as teachers
Former armed forces personnel without degrees will be fast-tracked into teaching in England under a new government programme.The Troops to Teachers scheme will help "highly skilled" former military personnel become teachers within two years.
Education Minister David Laws said ex-members of "our inspiring armed forces" could make great teachers.
Teaching unions doubted whether two years' training would be enough.
According to the Department for Education (DfE), service leavers without degrees "will be the only people able to start training as a teacher without a degree and be qualified within two years".
This article struck me today as a flashback to the baby boomer years. I remember discussions between my parents in the late fifties about ex-soldiers from the 2nd World War going into schools to teach and how effective they would be. When I reached grammar school in the sixties there was one member of staff who stood out from the rest for a variety of reasons but he was an ex-soldier. He was actually the most 'human' of the older guard on the staff. Yet here we are again fifty years on, talking about transferring our troops to the classroom with some kind of 'quick fix' training regime.
I have no objection to ex soldiers becoming teachers if that is their motivation but the government can't force a vocation on someone because there are shortages. The most important footnote I suppose is that Michael Gove, the secretary of state for education, has expressed a desire for teachers to have a Masters Degree to be able to teach. How does he square the corners on that one? Good luck to all those soldiers who take up teaching because they have the drive to do so.
I remember an elderly relative who often repeated the saying 'there's nothing new under the sun' and if she were still here I'm sure she would trot out the same mantra at the above situation. It is similar in writing stories. The number of plot lines is limited, some say to as few as seven, but the variations within those possible plots there are infinite variations. So you have the links between 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'West Side Story' and 'Pygmalion' and 'My Fair Lady' although it's questionable whether the original writers would recognise their work in different guises.
This weekend in Bradford, West Yorkshire and televised on BBC 3 on Sunday at 9.00pm there is another first of sorts.
Bizet is probably spinning but I'm sure that it will be a wonderfully colourful and exciting event.