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We don't know how to teach so we will tell you how to do it.

Parents targeted to boost children's education - Telegraph

Ministers will target the family in a major drive to boost education standards and improve children's lives over the next decade.

In a tacit admission that 10 years of Labour reforms have failed to deliver, a major policy document to be published on Tuesday is expected to place a fresh onus on parents to keep children healthy and help them learn at home.

So they admit they aren't much good at educating the kids themselves, so they are going to tell, cajole and order us how to do it, As the old saying says; if you can't do it, teach; and if you can't teach, teach the teachers; and if you can't do that become an administrator.

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Dear Tim,

Your "Can't do, so teach" comment does not go nearly far enough. I wrote this in 1994, indeed it won a prize at the Richard Burton Spoken Poetry Awards that year.

Alan Douglas
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BUREAUCRATIC PECKING ORDER

Those who can peck,
peck.

Those who can't peck,
teach pecking.

Those who can't teach pecking,
administer the teaching of pecking.

Those who can't admininster the teaching of pecking,
regulate the administration of the teaching of pecking.

Those who can't regulate the administration of the teaching of pecking,
advocate at the bar, for or against the regulation of the administration
of the teaching of pecking.

Those who can't advocate at the bar, for or against the
regulation of the administration of the teaching of pecking,
legislate about advocating for or against the regulation of the
administration of the teaching of pecking.

And this whole house of cards, legislation about advocating for
or against the regulation of the administration of the teaching of pecking,
is all paid for only by those who can and do peck :

Noting the fat of the cat at the tip of the top -
(or indeed the flats of the cats at the tops of the tips) -
declining to support further, such unedifying edifices -

Their resources taxed beyond endurance -
failing to keep their peckers up -
drooping -
wilting -
they simply cease
to peck.

Alan McAlpine Douglas

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