#teacheroath: Swearing not Pledging

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Out-trending #xfactorresults last night was #teacheroath – a twitterstorm of response to a hashtag started by @teacherROAR. As someone said – who but teachers would give up part of their Sunday evening to take part in such an “event”? (Yes we know we were multitasking with work preparation/TV/emails/chores/etc at the time – when do we not?)

It’s difficult to know what Tristram Hunt, our shadow secretary of state for education, hoped to achieve with his proposal to introduce an oath or a pledge for teachers – similar to the Hippocratic oath that doctors are assumed to be bound by. He’s recently visited Singapore and has noticed that teachers there are expected to abide by the following pledge

We, the teachers of Singapore, pledge that:

We will be true to our mission to bring out the best in our students.
We will be exemplary in the discharge of our duties and…

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