HONESTLY, you wouldn't blame teachers if they walked out of schools en masse, rattling their rulers and holding banners declaring: 'Do it Yourself Then'.
They really must feel they've had enough, after years of meddling from governments of both parties, endless quangos, inspections and meaningless league tables; the latter of course leading to teachers 'teaching to the test' rather than concentrating on a broad education or interesting the pupil.
These days teachers not only have to deal with their pupils but also with challenges from parents, governors and politicians who do not always understand the realities of running a school. How could they - why should they?
If I were on the board of governors at Cadbury's I wouldn't expect to tell them how to make their chocolate just because I eat it!
Being a parent or having been pupils ourselves does not qualify us as education experts. Of course schools need watchdogs, and governors -and parents, many of whom can be very supportive, should have a say in how their children are educated.
When I was a school governor in Hayes I was impressed by the way staff attending meetings after a full school day would patiently explain yet again to governors the rhythm of the school day, the rudiments of child psychology and the workings of the school curriculum. Now, they are being treated like old bangers who need a regular MOT because they can't be trusted to do the job.
It is so patronising to assume teachers will not keep up to date and that schools are riddled with bad staff and indifferent teaching practices. There have always been good, bad and indifferent teachers, but here's the crunch - it's the same with employees in any profession, trade or business.
All that's needed is good regulation, not public humiliation or endless interference.
The latest research, soon to be published in the journal Paediatrics, shows that engaging young children in conversation is better than a bedtime story, which has little effect on youngsters' language skills.
I hope this doesn't mean parents will now bore their children to sleep. Fisher Junior has very happy memories of Mr F putting on silly voices for bedtime stories. I'm not sure they'd have been quite so effective if he had been giving her an account of his day at the office.