Thursday 19 April 2018

Teachers' bad behaviour just lets Quinn off the hook

Colm O'Rourke shares many of the serious and genuine concerns of teachers about the new directions in education

Heckling: teachers give Ruairi Quinn a poor reception. Photo: Patrick Browne
Heckling: teachers give Ruairi Quinn a poor reception. 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
Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

IT seemed a bit like feeding time at the zoo last week, especially when watching the Asti conference.

The minister is entitled to a bit of respect, and the teachers involved in the bad manners have not helped their cause at all by focusing the public's attention away from some of the serious issues involved to the conduct of a small minority.

It seems an annual occurrence and makes many wonder how teachers expect to be treated with courtesy and respect in their classrooms and yet cannot manage it themselves with Ruairi Quinn.

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