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……………