HE colleagues know that, as in any institution, politics (and specifically the politics of grumbling and Schadenfreude) are the bread-and-butter of daily contact. St Benedict is acutely aware of this and warns in his Rule that acts of obedience should be carried out
non trepide, non tarde, non tepide, aut cum murmurio
The English translation doesn’t have the same ring to it:
without hesitation, delay, lukewarmness, grumbling
But you get the idea. Benedict is not a fan.
However, there does come a point, for example when ITE engages with policy, where grumbling can become protest, and there are probably occasions where this is right and proper.
Two examples are linked below, for anyone to contemplate: one, a satire on Michael Gove’s latest dig at history teaching, the other links to the the continuing campaign against Liz Truss’ vision for Early Years, which I have written about twice already.
Here is the Mr Men satire from Paul Bernal’s blog. Enjoy if you like, critique, consider. It is worth reading the Gove speech in full, of course – and again, “enjoy, critique, consider” (in whatever measure you can) are the watchwords.
While the Mr Gove satire raises a smile, and the to-ing and fro-ing around More Great Childcare is interesting (if not illuminating ), I thought I’d finish with a link to Julian Grenier’s piece on his Inside the Secret Garden blog. With these names in the frame, the battle is more serious.