A reader emails:
The poms have gone all soft in the head after Michael Gove, their education minister, apologised for being an upstart toward his French teacher. Now a whole bunch of journalists have gone soft and written tl;dr sorry notes to their mostly dead teachers. It is reminiscent of “doing lines” as punishment.
I want to apologise to my teachers for not being more willing to express my views on the failings of the education system, and how I had to unlearn most of what I was taught. I am stoked the catch method of teaching writing is getting the arse as I got sent to the HOD of english for complaining about it repeatedly.
I certainly won’t be apologising to any of my useless teachers. One was the head of the PPTA and took great delight in abusing me for my father’s politics. Then there is my maths teacher who only turned up to tell us which page of exercises to complete before heading back to the gym to watch his charges doing weightlifting and wrestling….who is now some sort of teaching guru in mathematics. Or the teacher who had us warm up his car just before 3:15pm so he could leg it to the pub without delay once the bell rang. Or the teacher who decided he would try to crack the Omertà that exists in a class of 7th form blokes by keeping us in class until 5pm one day…no one cracked BTW, except the teacher. And who could forget the teacher who enjoyed caning kids so much and was so effective at it that he was only allowed to cane back-hand.
In my experience teachers were ill-tempered, dim-witted, bullies. It is they who should be apologising for inflicting their ideological misery on countless children.
I got an education despite my teachers not because of them.