The Blackboard Jungle

days spent beating back the seeds of doubt

Monday, September 13, 2004

I know inner city British schools are scarily short of teaching staff. I know the paucity of trained adults willing to break themselves on the wheel of being tried, tested and found wanting by a jury of their peers inequal youths had been spiralling to the degree that even untrained classroom assistants were becoming difficult to resource.
It seems that now the drought has spread to maintenance staff. In particular, cleaners. I've had to spend six days getting in early not to mark, grade, prepare or cogitate, but to vacuum my room and pick up litter. This is so not progress.