If it’s not hospitals with pigeon poo, it’s the police and their bangers. If it’s not the lack of VTOL fire engines for remote areas, it’s teachers’ workloads. Today the Herald and others, have funnelled the findings of the latest ‘research’ from a teachers’ union, the NAS UWT, on pupil behaviour. Here’s an extract from the Herald:
‘More than two-thirds of teachers responding to a union survey have said they believe poor pupil behaviour is a widespread problem at their school. Almost 700 teachers responded to the survey teaching union NASUWT carried out in Scotland between February and this month. A total of 67% of the 673 respondents said poor pupil behaviour was a widespread problem at their school.’
There are more than 51 000 teachers in Scotland. I can’t fid the NAS UWT membership in Scotland, but these results are taken from a UK-wide survey where 5 000 of the 300 000 members responded giving a sample of 16.66%. That would be OK if it was properly sampled but it’s based on self-selection where only those who were bothered enough responded – squeaky wheel gets the grease? Self-selecting samples are completely unreliable and a union containing at least some maths teachers clearly knows that but, hey, representing members interests comes first.
But wait, there’s more!
Do you believe poor pupil behaviour is a widespread problem at your school?
Judging by the report, the research question triggering 67% of the 673 respondents to agree was close to the above. ‘Poor pupil behaviour’ is a bit inclusive is it not? Looking out of the window at dogs fornicating? Doodling? Talking in class? I feel sure if you’d asked my colleagues and me, that question, back in 1980, you’d have got 99% agreeing. The guy drinking in the walk-in cupboard refused to respond.
‘Today’s teachers less worried about poor behaviour than they were under Thatcher. SNP blamed.’