Top Ten Frustrations As A Teacher: Number 3 Goalposts always changing

Teachers often complain about never feeling like they've ‘finished’ their work, and that there’s always something more that can be done. Part of that comes from the fact that there is always some new government initiative, internal policy change or updated specifications that need to be taken into account.

I recognise that all professions would do well if considered to be ‘continually improving’ but there comes a point when there is too much change. The change becomes impossible to keep up with, and also becomes quite meaningless and faddy. By it’s nature, changes become cyclical and old ideas get repackaged and delivered again as something new.

Teaching should not be subject to fads and fashions in this way. It’s a serious career with a very important job to do in society, and it cannot be subjected to reform after reform at the expense of developing any core values and practices like this.

Real meaningful change does not come this quickly and to this extent. It happens slowly, takes time to perfect, and does not get thrown away easily either. Something is very wrong in this industry.

Have you ever got on top of things only to have the rug pulled out from under you?


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