#JustLetMeTeach – When Did You Last Feel Excited About Education?
With nearly 90% of teachers saying they are running lessons with little or no educational value in order to give students a better chance of passing national tests, it's time to celebrate the moments you get to really teach
The overall picture is clear. Time is short and the pressure of exams can at times downgrade the quality of education being delivered, sapping teachers’ enthusiasm for the job.
The purpose of the survey, however, is two-fold. First, we want to help pin down how, in the view of teachers, high-stakes testing might be affecting the quality of children’s education by squeezing out the opportunity to explore more enriching avenues of learning.
But second, and more importantly, we want to use this as a platform from which to celebrate the times when the pressure of exams does not distort excellent education, passionately delivered.
In short, we want to share the moments when teachers are able to pass on what excites them about their subject, and what they think will excite their pupils too – whether or not it will help children pass a test.
We’re running this under the banner of #JustLetMeTeach, and are inviting all teachers to tweet or blog about the lessons, conversations or moments in the day when exercising their professional freedom has reignited their love of learning.