Thursday 24 May 2018

Teachers' rabble rousing delusional

The bad manners displayed by some teachers towards Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn at the teachers' conferences didn't do them any favours. Photo: Patrick Browne
The bad manners displayed by some teachers towards Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn at the teachers' conferences didn't do them any favours. Photo: Patrick Browne

Liam Fay

Say what you like about the carry-on at the ASTI conference but nobody can deny that this textbook demonstration of unionised delusion, belligerence and faction-fighting was highly educational.

"Always show your workings" is the advice given to students sitting maths exams, a valuable reminder of the marks that can be earned from sound calculations and lucid deductions even if your final answer doesn't stack up. Confronted with the 'workings' of the ASTI mindset, however, most members of the public will have been astounded by what passes for reasoning and indeed reason within this most cosseted of ivory towers.

Cuts and levies included, Irish teachers remain among the world's best paid. Their working day is almost a third shorter than that of the average worker and only Santa's reindeer enjoy a shorter working year. Despite the teaching profession's comparative insulation from the harsher excesses of austerity, however, ASTI boasts some of the country's most theatrical militants. Recreational bolshy-ism is, it seems, a luxury that only the cushily positioned can afford.

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