—[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

—[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

So now teachers have joined doctors in starting to walk away from the jobs they love.

They aren’t going because they’re lazy. Nor are they leaving because unreasonable pay demands aren’t being met.

They’re resigning because staying on would imply that they support the dismantling of publicly-funded healthcare, and now education, that the Conservatives have perpetrated.

I use the word “perpetrated” deliberately; it is a crime against the people of the United Kingdom. If you aren’t filthy rich, and able to buy your own healthcare and education, the Tories are doing everything they can to hold you back.

It’s possible that, when this new Dark Age ends and an enlightened government is returned to office once again, those who have departed will return.

One only hopes that the damage – harm that will be accelerated by the vilification heaped on these genuinely-caring professionals by the ignorant amateurs in the Conservative Government – will not have progressed so far by then that it cannot be reversed.

Please accept this as written notice of my resignation from my role as assistant head and class teacher. It is with a heavy heart that I write you this letter. I know you’ve struggled to listen to and understand teachers in the past, so I’m going to try and make this as clear as possible. In the six short years I have been teaching your party has destroyed the education system.

Obliterated it. Ruined it. It is broken.

I don’t feel like a teacher at all any more. I prepare children for tests and, if I’m honest, I do it quite well. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, as it’s not as if I have provided my class with any transferable, real-life skills during the process. They’ve not enjoyed it, I’ve not enjoyed it but we’ve done it: and one thing my children know how to do is answer test questions. They’ve written raps about how to answer test questions, they’ve practised test questions at home and test questions in school, they’ve had extra tuition to help them understand the test questions. They can do test questions – they just haven’t had time to do anything else.

Source: Dear Nicky Morgan, I’m quitting as a teacher. Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation | Voices | The Independent


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