The teaching profession needs more of a number of things, one of which is dignity.
To the teacher who decides to begin a staff training session with a ‘warm-up’ activity where everyone has to stand and do something foolish, I say, “Stop it.”
And nobody should feel pressured into dressing up as a munchkin for World Book Day. For extroverts, such a practice is entirely self-serving in that it draws attention without encouraging a single child to read a single book. For introverts, it is sheer torture.
And now that I think about it, if you are going to launch a College of Teaching with the promise of a new era of professionalism for teachers in England then don’t decide to have a sing-song in the middle of your first conference. I’ve seen the footage of that and, painful as it was, it contained a glimmer of hope; a modern day hero, dressed in yellow, who dutifully stood up but then proceeded to fiddle with her phone during the whole sorry episode.
Teachers are not clowns. We are not entertainers. Stop it with the dunk-tanks and the custard pies. Just stop it.
It’s time for our profession to take itself more seriously. If we don’t then why would anyone else?