Today I have mostly been catching up on Sky 1’s ‘The Face’ and making an apple and cinnamon sponge cake but more about that later.
You may ask yourself ‘How does a teacher have time to do such things on a school day?’…the answer to this my friends is….I’m on strike! I must admit, it has taken all of my moral strength to refrain from catching up on school work and stay in front of the T.V. today as I have been ‘directed’ not to do anything ‘school’ related, but, shockingly, however charming Naomi Campbell et al are, they are not the reason I chose to remain home today.
I love teaching and get up every morning looking forward to going into school and doing one of the most amazing jobs in the world but to teach is a bit like being a wedding photographer…everyone thinks it is easy, everyone thinks they could do it…that is until someone books you to do their wedding, you realise it’s damn hard, you’re not very good and the poor gets are stuck with the results for the rest of their lives!
There is a reason a Degree or further is required to become a teacher- it is a demanding PROFESSION and excellence is always required, our children deserve nothing less but these days it feels more like the ‘Gove’rnment (see what I did there?!) are one of the people looking to book any old ‘iPhone snapper’ to teach and are in the ‘stop moaning, anyone could do it’ camp.
To strike or not to strike is a question all of us, in the public sector anyway, face at some time or other and it would appear to me that teachers have been faced with it much more in recent years ( cough…Gove…) but it is never one we take lightly. I appreciate the need for child care can be an issue for some people but if we didn’t cause an inconvenience then what would be the point? Who would notice? It’s like people who moan ‘They could of picked a better time’ about Tube staff striking on NYE…well, no actually, for the purposes of a strike, they couldn’t!!
There are many, many reasons I have chosen to strike today (mostly summed up very nicely by my fellow blogger ‘The Hippy Geek’ here) but regardless of the reasons, I strongly believe I have the right to strike and shouldn’t get abuse for it from people who I would consider friends. This hasn’t been the case today.
The whole ‘What am I supposed to do with my child while I go to work?’ issue became a major rant about how inconsiderate teachers are and how they (a nurse) would never strike as they think it is irresponsible. Now, as much as I value my right to strike, I also value others not to. I admire and respect the hardworking and often undervalued nurses we are lucky to have as part of the NHS in our country (one of my best friends is an amazing nurse and I wouldn’t swap a class from hell with her endless nightshifts for all the tea in China) but it’s not a competition about which public sector workers are the most committed or the hardest done to.
Surely we’re not the bad guys here or have I (and many of my colleagues across the country) got it very wrong?
Maybe my nurse ‘friend’ doesn’t feel as despondent about the state of the NHS due to the fact that The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP is easier on the eye than Goblin Gove and thus less likely to become a beacon of hate? (Did I just say that? Yep… I think I did…but really…who would you rather?!)
Anyway chucks, back to the good ‘ol food. I hope I’m still able to feed myself this delicious cake when I’m 68- which, btw, is the age I’ll be able to draw my pension and retire- cheers Coalition, cheers!
I was given some cooking apples from my Head’s tree the other day and you know me…every penny counts…decided to make an apple cake.
Not having a recipe for one in any of my books was no problem as there was this new fan-dangled thing called the internet at my fingertips! Low and behold a recipe I liked the sound of popped up. Minimal effort, I had all of the ingredients and I could try hard to do it justice. If you would like to have a go at the cinnamon and apple sponge cake I made today then click here and have a nose at none other than Nigella’s ‘Community Recipe’ page. It has proven to be the perfect antidote to my strike-day blues!
We’ve just had a slice for our pudding and I tell you- it beats the average ‘apple for the teacher’ any day! Yum!
Do you ever try hard to do the right thing only for others to pull you down?
How do you respond to it?
Mrs T x