Teacher training in Britain is “voguish,” said the Prince of Wales in a speech to teachers. The Times of London reports:
The Prince illustrated his fears over the loss of the nation “shared cultural heritage” by highlighting a proposal by Edexcel, the examination board, to make English more accessible to students, particularly in cities. The board confirmed recently that pupils at 100 schools could avoid studying classic texts by authors such as Dickens and Shakespeare, and study slang, the language of digital communication and even reality television shows for some of the six modules.
He plans to set up a teacher training center to counter modern fads that emphasize teaching skills over knowledge and “relevance” above all.
In Bournemouth, a training institute is offering an iPod and 100 pounds to unemployed drop-outs who complete a 14-week class that teaches them how to write a resume and interview for a job.
Unemployed teenagers are being bought £170 iPod MP3 players with taxpayers’ money when they complete a course in “life and job skills”. The course is aimed at NEETS — teenagers Not in Employment Education Training or School.
Other incentives for the teenage recruits include payment of £50 for one day’s work experience a week, free travel, lunches and childcare and a £100 bonus plus the iPod when they complete the course. They will also receive another £100 if they sign up for another course.
. . . Julie-Ann Houldey, director of marketing at the college, which has 22,000 students, most of them part-time, said: “We don’t see this offer as bribery. This is about the incentivisation of a life and job skills course for a group of students who are not traditional learners.”
It’s not bribery. It’s incentivisation.