Michael Gove’s favourite bloggers (or why my credibility is now shot)
I have to mention this. From a speech Michael Gove gave today to… I think it was some SMT types.
And just as the impact of great teaching is becoming more visible so the voices of great teachers are becoming more audible in the education debate. Voices across the political spectrum are talking honestly about the profession’s strengths and weaknesses; successes, failures and priorities for the future. I’m a great fan of Andrew Old, whose brilliant blog Scenes from the Battleground provides one of the most insightful commentaries on the current and future curriculum that I’ve ever read; but I’m also an admirer of John Blake of Labour Teachers, who has transcended party politics to praise all schools which succeed for their pupils, even if they are academies or free schools… I also hugely enjoy the always provocative work of Tom Bennett, the Behaviour Guru, who champions teachers at every turn while challenging them to up their game. And one of the brightest young voices in the education debate is the Birmingham teacher Matthew Hunter, whose work online and in Standpoint magazine reinforces my view that those who are have entered the profession in the last few years – and are entering now – are hugely ambitious for the children in their care.
Well there you go, the rumours are true. The secretary of state for education reads this crap and has told everyone about it despite the fact my last blogpost was an attack on one of his policies which was cross-posted to Labour Teachers. I wonder if any politician from the party I’ve been an active member of for the last twenty years will notice me now? Seems unlikely, given that my main belief (that kids should be made to learn lots of stuff even if they don’t want to) seems to be the one area where arch-Blairite Labour frontbenchers are currently finding common cause with the Socialist Workers Party. Oh well. P.S. Vote Labour. Courtesy of Andrew Old of Scenes from the battleground