Journal: August 2006 Archives

Cool for crowds

4 August 2006

It's not often that I find myself agreeing with Jeff Jarvis, which had me worried for a while as to whether I was suffering from a bile overdose. But I still cannot believe the thinking behind a resolution passed by a UK teachers' union, reported by the BBC, the Guardian and PA among others. Curiously, not the Daily Mail as far as I can tell.

At the Professional Association of Teachers annual conference, Wesley Paxton and Simon Smith argued for a resolution that has the look of many minor resolutions that get passed at union meetings: "Conference regrets that it does not appear to be 'cool' to be clever".

It's pretty innocuous stuff, but the speeches that went along with it were a bit more worrying if they represent what practicing teachers actually believe.