Brian speculates that British education hit the skids when a “golden generation” of alpha male teachers — veterans of World War II combat — retired in the ’80s. A man who’s faced the Luftwaffe can handle a room full of unruly students.
I get quite a bit of e-mail from military retirees who have become teachers or are in the process. (My Fox column generates a lot of military mail.) The vets do seem confident of their abilities, though impatient with ed classes and disorganized schools.