Markets in everything, or Department of Why Not?

by on April 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm in Education | Permalink

Bouncers, ex-soldiers and former police officers are being brought into schools to provide "crowd control" and cover absent teachers' lessons, a teacher has revealed.

One
school, thought to be in London, employed two permanent cover teachers
through an agency for professional doormen, the National Union of
Teachers annual conference in Cardiff heard today.

Bouncers, who
more usually work nights keeping order in pubs and clubs, are being
employed in schools because they are "stern and loud", said Andrew
Baisley, a teacher at Haverstock school in Camden, north London.

Here is the story.

Andrew April 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Why not just use a T-800, perhaps with cattle prods instead of plasma rifles? A kinder, gentler infiltrator.

Steve April 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Rich Franklin’s deep understanding of the geometry of the Octogon gives him an unfair advantage.

Peter April 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

True story: when I was in third or fourth grade, and our regular teacher was quite sick, we had a substitute teacher for a couple of weeks who was 94 years old. She could barely walk and actually fell asleep in front of the class on a few occasions. The principal later explained that she had retired more than 30 years earlier, on a pension that by current standards was ludicrously small, and basically needed the meagre substitute teacher’s pay to survive.

athelas April 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm

The feminization of the teaching profession (not just in gender composition but in its aversion towards discipline) has made for a huge demand for anyone with the ability to actually lay down the law.

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