ACT - The Association of Christian Teachers

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Long standing ACT member Arthur Rowe thought members would find this interesting: 'After being interviewed, a prospective school teacher asked, 'Have I got this right? You want me to go into a room with all those children, correct their disruptive behaviour, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor dress habits, censor offensive T-shirt messages, and instil a love of learning. You want me to check for weapons, wage war on drugs and S T Ds and raise their self-esteem and personal pride. You want me to teach patriotism, citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to balance their finances, and how to apply for a job. You want me to check their heads for lice, recognise signs of anti-social behaviour, and make sure they pass all of their exams. You also want me to provide them with equal standards of education, regardless of any handicaps, communicate regularly with their parents, in English or any other language, by visiting, letter, telephone, newsletter, parents' evening, and report sheet. You want me to do all this with a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for free meals for my own children. You want me to do all this and then tell me that I can't PRAY!'  ♦


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