The best teachers aren’t always the best graduates, just as top football managers weren’t always great players

David Cameron is right that standards need to be raised in teaching, however, his answer of only allowing graduates with a 2:1 from elite universities to have financial support for teach training is utterly wrong. If teachers were paid more then you would have more “high flying” graduates thinking about it.

I went to the University of Bath, a top 10 university, and I know of only one person who went into teaching. Many science and engineering graduates I know are doing accountancy and management consultancy as they’ve chosen the money (rightly or wrongly) over a life of low paid research or teaching.

There is also no guarantees that the best teachers are the ones with the best degrees, teaching involves inspiring and delivering great lessons, many exams are a test of regurgitating lecture notes.

In the world of sport the best players do not make the best coaches. In the football Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez or Roy Hodgson played top flight football and they’re at the top of the footballing tree. Likewise many great players have struggled in coaching Tony Adams, Paul Ince and John Barnes to name a few recent coaches.

Lastly it was pointed out in the Guardian that the Tory’s “Maths Tsar” Carol Vorderman only got a third in engineering at Cambridge…

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One thought on “The best teachers aren’t always the best graduates, just as top football managers weren’t always great players

  1. The Liberal Democrat policy of actually making life easier for teachers by finding the cash for smaller class sizes in the first few years when our children need as much individual attention as possible seems to me to be the better way.
    I agree with Phil, super bright graduates do not necessarily make the best teachers whilst a 3rd degree could mean that the graduate has spent time acquiring non-academic skills and experience , which have prepared him/her much better for their teaching role.
    Is this yet another example of well-meaning but inaccurate Conservative thinking?

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