WHEN did pupils start choosing staff rather like picking your own strawberries at the side of the road?
From September, heads have a legal duty to consult pupils on changes in policy and they are already allowed to fill in questionnaires and sit on interview panels to appoint new staff or advise on promotions.
I heard a teacher on the TV news saying pupils at a school didn't want a particular candidate appointed because he looked like Humpty Dumpty.
What's wrong with Mr Dumpty anyway? He was only sitting on a wall minding his own business (probably doing playground duty) when he had his accident.
One of my teachers looked like a bulldog, but she knew her maths and was kind to pupils like me who didn't get trigonometry.
NASUWT members revealed at their annual conference that some pupils are abusing their input into teacher appointments by asking interview questions such as: "If you could be on Britain's Got Talent, what would your talent be?"
"My talent is putting pupils in detention when they ask impudent questions", is a possible answer. But not if you want the job, obviously.
NOW I read that students can buy essays and dissertations with a cashback guarantee if it fails to win them at least a 2:1.
It costs up to £15,000 for an MA and what horrifies me most is that solicitors, retired doctors and recent graduates, who presumably worked for their degrees, are lining up to be paid to write these essays for others. Isn't it a bit like getting someone else to take your driving test? You may end up with the licence but you still haven't got the skills to drive.
THE jury is out on the film Kick-Ass. One critic deplores the use of an 11-year-old heroine in a film which involves the hacking off of limbs, shootings, impalings and stabbings. Post-Tarantino, when gore became trendy, people are scared to say that this is the sort of material that inspired the child killers of Jamie Bulger.
So why aren't parents outside cinemas, protesting at the desensitising of their children?
What do you think?