John Walshe: Educators are not getting the credit they deserve
Published 02/04/2010 | 05:00
WE all know teachers who seem to do the minimum, getting through their classes with little effort and heading off to the golf course or the shops.
But image and reality are two different things. The Behaviour and Attitudes survey, published by the TUI, will be greeted with scepticism by some but bears close scrutiny. It shows that the majority of second-level teachers are working far longer hours than they are generally given credit for.
Some countries insist on teachers being present on the school premises all day and timetabled for a 'normal' 9am to 5pm working day. We don't. Instead we rely on them to undertake essential duties such as preparation and marking in their own time.