NOW TEACHERS ARE ORDERED TO SMILE AT THEIR PUPILS
A secondary school has ordered teachers to welcome children with a smile at the start of
every lesson as part of a drive to hand more power to pupils. Staff have also been told to
ensure they are not boring students by setting work that is too hard.
The move is the latest example of a Government initiative to give pupils a major say in
many aspects of their schooling, but some critics say this is putting children in charge.
Yesterday the Mail revealed that 20 students at a Kent secondary school were given
iPhones to provide instant feedback of teachers to senior staff. In another incident, a
teacher being interviewed for a job by a student panel was asked to sing the Michael
Jackson song ‘Bad’. She failed to get the job after refusing. Pupils on another interview
panel voted in favour of a female candidate because she was the ‘prettiest’, although she
was not hired.
Schools Secretary Ed Balls admitted the approach used by some schools was ‘completely
wrong’, ‘absurd’ and ‘ridiculous’. ‘The people who are in charge are the head teachers, the governors and the teachers,’ he said. ‘The idea that you would give out iPhones to secretly spy on teachers, that would be in my view, completely wrong’. ‘Any head teacher doing that needs to look hard at themselves and consider the way in which they are doing
But far from dismissing the practice, he added: ‘Some schools do ask teachers to get a
report from the children about how lessons are going’.
Daily Mail, Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, p. 10
I. Answer the following questions using your own words but taking into account the information
in the text. (2 points: 1 point each)
a. What measures have teachers been forced to take in secondary schools?
b. Why have mobile phones been used in some schools?
II. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)? Identify the part of the text that supports
your answer by copying the exact passage on the answer sheet. (1.5 point: 0.5 each)
a. Teachers have been told not to assign homework.
b. In Kent, iPhones were given to every student.
c. Some schools want their students to express their opinion about their classes.
III. Find a synonym for each of the four words below from these six options: (1 point: 0.25 each)
staff schooling feedback incident panel governors
a. jury, committee
b. event, episode
d. response, opinion
IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (1.5 points: 0.5 each)
1. A teacher was asked to sing ‘Bad’...
a. and got the job.
b. and never got the job.
c. and was then asked to refuse the job.
2. Ed Balls stated that...
a. students should have more power.
b. teachers should be secretly observed.
c. iPhones are not a good tool to provide feedback.
3. Some schools want students to...
a. give their opinion on lessons.
b. describe teachers.
c. report about the use of iPhones.
Part B. Write a 130 to 150-word composition. (4 points)What is your opinion about giving more power to students in schools?