Toby Young (@toadmeister) is using Twitter encouraging a biology teacher to apply for a position at his West London Free School. A science teacher called Sarah Molloy (@sarah_b_ni) has been tweeting him and hinting that she is dissatisfied with the way things are –
“@toadmeister teaching is now to the lowest denominator just in
case you upset a child by telling them they have failed”
@toadmeister sorry not failed how unprofessional of me they have
"deferred their success" grrrr makes me so cross
@toadmeister like citizenship, learning for life and work, hsc to
name but a few!! You must look at llw gcse papers a joke
@toadmeister good blog though not all of us teachers are socialist
and in terms of being a union member we are told its compulsory-insurance
@toadmeister will u b going the revised curr route of content not
important that it's skills we teach now!?
@toadmeister I am so glad to hear that I feel like a dinosaur here in
NI wanting to teach content in my science lessons
@sarah_b_ni Nope. Skills = dumbing down. We'll be teaching
@sarah_b_ni Have you thought about applying for a job at our
school? We'll be looking for a biology teacher in 2012
So Toby Young is saying that teaching non-Academic subjects is “dumbing down”. I bet by this he also means the Citizenship curriculum including inclusion, diversity, LGBT Awareness (he poked fun at a school in East London for celebrating this), etc. Doesn’t this attitude prove that he and his school are elitist and are going to concentrate on teaching a bunch of elite kids ? What if some of them aren’t able to cope with Latin and Ancient Greek etc? Will he just chuck them out?
His tweets with this Sarah Molloy also suggests that he might be selecting teachers not on their ability but because they share his right wing views? Would reading something like this not put a lot of good teachers from applying to the school? And are teachers there now going to be indoctrinating the pupils into their way of narrow way of thinking? To me, this look like Free Schools and especially Toby Young’s Free School is selecting children and teachers and will be concentrating on educating people who share his repulsive divisive opinions. Is this what the government means when they talk about choice? I wonder what other people here think?