EIS survey on Scottish teacher stress is stupidly covered in National then disappears before leading academic can mark it its ‘methods.’


Operation Obvious Eejit

This has happened before in the context of education (school exclusions) where the National covered a piece unavoidably damaging to the Scottish Government. Don’t they know what is going on here? This is clearly part of Operation Obvious Eejit, the Labour/Unions combined forces attack on the SNP. Richard Leonard’s auld Trotksylight pals in the RMT, Unison and the EIS have been prepared to exploit their members, often for the second time, to help his campaign against the SNP and ‘screw the weans, auld folk, disabled and rail passengers.’

‘I know, it’s not real research but they’ll report it’

The EIS survey in question has been widely reported and utterly uncritically so. The location where I thought I might get to have a peek at the ‘methods’ appears to have gone:


Anyhow, I reasonably take the absence of evidence of any methods to be evidence of absence of proper methods as I would in marking a student assignment.

They proudly announce that they’ve ‘questioned’ 12 000 teachers. They did not. They sent an email with a survey attached, to all their members, a mechanical act requiring no thinking and no skill.

We don’t hear what the response rate was. It was clearly self-selecting. Even if there were thousands it is unlikely to be a reliable sample and is probably heavily skewed toward those with a predisposition to be negative.

Had they done a random sample and extracted a reasonable return from that, the results might have meant at least something.

We don’t get to see the wording of the questions. If you ask the members of any occupation if they feel stressed regularly or frequently, would you be surprised if 60% agreed? Only 16.5%, they admit naively, felt stressed ‘all the time.

After 40 years of neo-liberal, de-regulated capitalism and in an increasingly unequal society, don’t we all, even the retired, feel that way much of the time? Maybe that 16.5% is a bit low?

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said:

‘The EIS carried out this survey as part of our ongoing Value Education, Value Teachers campaign. Our aim was to gather information on the issues affecting teachers, to provide a firm evidence base to support our ongoing campaigning.’

‘Firm evidence base?’ No!  Stop it! It hurts! Help! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha……………



11 thoughts on “EIS survey on Scottish teacher stress is stupidly covered in National then disappears before leading academic can mark it its ‘methods.’

  1. Contrary January 8, 2019 / 8:12 am

    I can’t quite decipher your headline here John, but I kind of get the gist – I wonder if it’ll encourage more people to read the article or less? Or if my brain hasn’t started functioning yet!

    Radio Scotland GMS was in full-on propaganda mode yesterday, but you had already covered most of of their reports so had a more realistic view of what they were reporting on, so with your access to FoI requests, you’ll be a force to be reckoned with! Some notes on yesterday’s GMS – half an hour between 6.30 and 7am was spent being nice about the PM, what Mr Porter hoped to achieve hanging about Westminster at that time in the morning before the first day back for our parliamentarians, I have no idea, but it was ‘nothing’ as expected by the rest of us. They had to get in their chunk of ‘be nice about uk government’ in though eh.

    Then I heard about the planned protest outside central station in glasgow – that was new – and it turned out to be a total scam! Radio Scotland is complicit in the degradation of our country.

    Our FM got a good chunk of interview time, which was a nice change, but she did sound somewhat exasperated at the rather idiotic questions at times. What was interesting was that (I think it was Bill Whiteford doing the interview?) he asked, forcefully, about the FM not calling a second independence referendum & was she ‘comfortable with being the SNP leader that never called the referendum’ – trolling – are any other politicians badgered like this? Not often, and not when it doesn’t suit the agenda. That’s proof enough for me that the implication that SNP will not call the referendum is just the state misinformation machinery promoting that little piece to discredit the FM. They hate that the SNP won’t say what they are doing when, and using it to cause division.

    Keep up the anticipatory reporting John!

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  2. johnrobertson834 January 8, 2019 / 8:59 am

    I’m autistic re headlines. Struggle to leave anything out!

    Yes, badgering I’m sure. not up to listening today!


  3. johnrobertson834 January 8, 2019 / 9:02 am

    Wait ‘anticipatory’? Like in time travel? Dr Robertson? Dr Who? What? Where am I?


    • Contrary January 8, 2019 / 10:21 am

      Haha, yes, that’s how impressed I am with your superpowers!!


      • johnrobertson834 January 8, 2019 / 10:52 am

        Wait till you see that photo of me wearing my underpants over my trousers!


      • Contrary January 8, 2019 / 4:36 pm

        Hmm. I’m not sure if a photo is necessary….

        Liked by 1 person

      • Contrary January 8, 2019 / 4:37 pm

        In fact: Please gonny no?

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Jon January 8, 2019 / 10:34 am

    This article didn’t dissapeared from the print edition, nor did Labour’s press release advertising the photo opportunity at Central Station. BBC radio Scotland’s Sunday morning review of the papers now gives the Sunday National fair coverage.
    The paper needs watching.


    • johnrobertson834 January 8, 2019 / 10:51 am

      Is there detail of their survey methods there? If so, copy for me?


      • Jon January 8, 2019 / 6:35 pm

        John, no details of the survey method in the printed edition. I expect it would be identical go the web edition.
        Saw this ” the full results are expected to be published later this month”

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