Katherine Birbalsingh, the teacher who gave that damning speech
about the comprehensive system, seems like a bit of an odd character (though she seems to be some conservative martyr figure. She was sacked for breaching the anonymity of child. But she and her followers reckon she was the victim of a left wing stitch up.). She seems to be a bit pissed off that her book "To Miss With Love" has received mixed reviews. It is striking on her blog just how much she sees herself as the potential saviour of the entire education system, and how "afraid" the "system" is of her, the lone renegade voice in the wilderness. Thing is I'm a bit suspicious of her. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but she just strikes me as someone who has a massive chip on her shoulder, and doesn't have the actual talent to back up her lofty ambitions.
Now I don't know her or how decent a teacher she actually was / is. I just have small inklings that she wasn't half as good a teacher as she likes to make out. Stuff like:
*She seems to see education only as a means of kids financially bettering themselves in the future, and seems to have no deeper love of inculcating kids with skills and knowledge.
*She seems to almost dislike the kids she teaches.
*She's a lousy writer (the prose in her blog is fuck awful) and remarkably chippy and defensive in her manner for someone supposedly an Oxbridge bright spark.
*90 percent of people who play the martyr card to this extent, are usually entirely deluded to do so.
I know a few on here have ties to the education system, so I am sure they must have an opinion on her and her claims. I just have a sense that she ain't Joan of Arc as the Tories might like to make out?