Debe: thought we could get a brief blog out of this: As reported by TES’s ‘Big Ed Blog’: “Michael Gove told an audience of hundreds of heads: ‘I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing’.
“He told the school leaders that politicians should be doing less while they should be doing more. After all, he said, the health secretary doesn’t tell doctors how to treat patients, so why should he tell schools how to teach children?
“The way that various secretaries of state have ‘constantly’ intervened in the workings of the profession has been self-defeating, according to Mr Gove. His aim is to reduce the ‘scope, reach and interference’ of the Department for Education, with fewer people ‘doing a better job’. Instead, he wants schools to improve by passing on their knowledge of what is successful and what works to make them outstanding.”
We agree with this point about the health secretary and doctors. As we commented in a previous post:
“Politicians and journalists are fond of telling teachers what they should teach and how they should teach often on the basis of how things were when they were at school. Although they might refer to the teaching “profession”, they tend to treat teaching differently. Although the government might interfere with other professions in terms of funding and administration, ministers and the media don’t usually tell doctors how to diagnose and treat, or soldiers how to fight, or judges how to judge, or engineers how to engineer.”
But doesn’t Mr Gove realise the irony of his words? He has constantly intervened and interfered more than any education secretary in living memory. As Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson commented:
“Political interference has eroded the status of professionals who deliver education.”
Click on the link – which reveals numerous examples.
He says he doesn’t want to tell teachers how to teach but telling them what to teach is presumably ok.