Saturday, May 12, 2012

We do make a difference

Over the last week the teaching profession, which I am proud to be part of, has once again come under attack from the Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Chief of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw. The attacks have been so vile that I wanted to vent my anger and frustration here on my blog. But last night, every word they uttered, every letter printed by the media paled into insignificance when my teaching assistant called me and told me to buy the Leicester Mercury Newspaper and turn to the letters page.

I did and this is what I found.

The letter was written by Maddy who is 9 years old. I saw her with her Dad this morning and thanked her for her very kind words. Her Dad explained to me that Maddy had written it on her own without even telling him or her mum, and that she had even sent the letter herself. I was speechless and I still am at what she had to say.

Her letter made me realise, once again, that what we do as teachers does make a difference and the rhetoric spoken by politicians and their Education Inspectorate amounts to nothing.
Thank you Maddy. Your letter has made a difference.