Obviously he was affronted, and his anger emanated from three areas: an English teacher, he was appalled by the missing apostrophe; he was furious at the vandalism of school property; and, as a long serving, popular member of staff, he was upset that a pupil would write such a thing about him.
The grammar and printing pointed to a culprit, and soon he was being frogmarched in the direction of the 'wall art'.
We meet the eloquently named Mr Bounderby and the teacher Mr M’Choakumchild in front of a class in the local school. Dickens describes the class before them thus:
“the inclined plane of little vessels then and there arranged in order, ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.”
Later on, he says of the fact driven teacher, in reference to his submersion in the latest utilitarian concepts:
Even the classroom set up, with anything up to 33 pupils and the teacher, seems to suggest that ‘lonely’ is not an appropriate adjective.
However, teachers will tell you that once that classroom door is shut, it is possible to sense a quite disorientating isolation. What is happening next door? Why does Mr Blogs never have any problems with this class? Do my colleagues teach this topic like this, and if not, why not? Am I doing right?
The conclusions reached in the recent report of the Commission on School Reform (By Diverse means: Improving Scottish Education) began with Montaigne’s words.
It’s an obvious, but nevertheless crucial, observation, especially in the field of education. One summary point elaborated:
“The autonomy of schools should be greatly extended. As a general principle, decisions that can competently be taken at school level should not be taken elsewhere.”
That is, through personnel, facilities or time, the pupils don’t receive enough Physical Education to affect their fitness.
Through the window, I could see, sweeping down to the Forth, a large area of ground, partly filled by high end housing, and partly vacant.
In the middle of my teaching career, this had been the site of Dunfermline College of Physical Education. Most of Scotland’s female PE teachers trained there, whilst their male counterparts were at Jordanhill College.