Today, Parsons lays into a primary school
featured on a reality tv show. As we all know, such programmes are totally neutral and unedited.
Parsons thinks she has identified a "fundamental" cause of the Year 4 pupils' bad behaviour:
Instead of having individual desks, they were grouped around tables scattered about the room. Most of the children faced each other, not the teacher. There was no structure and no discipline.
I'd like to have seen the chaos if they'd been all sitting in rows, with the teacher lecturing from the front of the class. The Mail never seems to understand that such a set-up is inherently confrontational, nor how groupwork can help pupils to learn.
Parsons contrasts this troubled primary school with the inevitable Mossbourne Academy (which is a secondary school) and with her own grammar school (ditto). She lauds Mossbourne's "petty rules", viewing them not as a time-wasting source of unnecessary confrontation but as a way of coercing children into obedience. In fact, from what I've read, Mossbourne is a great deal less authoritarian than she imagines it to be. She also believes it proper that the academy's staff are expected to work a 15-hour day; many teachers already do this (and sometimes more) but it mostly leads to burn-out.
Oh, and then Parsons picks a fight with Erica Jong, and in her self-appointed role as Everywoman declares IN CAPITALS that:
the truth is women have NEVER been as interested in sex as men
Memo to Mr Parsons?