Re: Since You’ve Been Gone
It’s been two years now since you formally left the role of Education Secretary. I imagine you’ve probably moved on (whilst nursing a slightly bruised ego after the events in June of this year). Unfortunately, the teachers, parents and children of Britain cannot say the same. We are all still living in the aftermath of your bold – some might say ignorant – decision-making back in 2013.
I’ll admit to being a little ignorant myself when it comes to politics and I can’t say for sure what impact your leadership has had on the teachers currently responsible for providing our offspring with an adequate education; but as a parent, I’m sadly too knowledgeable.
When my 14 year old returned home from school for the fourth night in a row, recounting stories of yet another teacher who felt it necessary to pile the pressure on a child who is already acutely aware that GCSEs “need to be taken seriously” and are “THE gateway to her future” (for the record, they’re not), my blood began to boil. When I responded by explaining that her teachers are paid based on their performance and that this is no doubt their motivation, I realised just how bad things are.
I contemplated speaking to the school, asking them to politely ‘back off’ but having attempted that last year, for a child who subsequently crippled under the weight of this education system, I knew it would have little effect. Can I justifiably blame the teacher anyway? Like all of us, she is merely trying to make a living to the best of her ability, under a regime that is not of her choosing.
The one person I can blame however, is the person who brought this ‘bright’ idea into the system in the first place. In case you need reminding Mr Gove, that was you. I imagine your motive was to improve Britain’s reputation amongst other countries, to encourage teachers to push themselves harder, to achieve as a nation!
Unfortunately, it’s proved too ‘pushy’ for some children, the future generation, the ones who will be cleaning this mess up for years to come. Is it any wonder depression and anxiety is increasing at an alarming rate amongst modern-day teenagers? Current statistics show that three adolescents in every secondary school classroom are suffering. Did you know that Mr Gove?
I can only hope and pray that your successor – the second one since your departure – has the foresight to consider all the implications and to treat our children as people instead of a statistic on a school’s results page.
A Concerned Mother.