Great story on the BBC News today about proposed plans to retrain ex-military personnel as teachers. I can see the scenes now…
"Smith! What do you mean the dog ate your homework? Outside and give me 20 laps of the field in the pissing rain! Johnson! Stop picking your nose! Drop and give me twenty! Viduka, you fat ****! Lose some weight or I’ll kick it off you! Eastwick! I saw you punch Chalmers, you little bastard! Call that a punch? *SMACK* That’s a punch, you pathetic little ****! Stop crying and get a mop! Don’t bleed on my ******* floor!
Right, homework’s due in at oh-nine-hundred tomorrow. Anyone who doesn’t hand it in will be left on the Downs and expected to walk home by Tuesday. CLASS DISMISSED!"
Another advantage is that the new staff will be used to working with shitty old equipment after the crap we force them to serve with as soldiers. Metric rules? Pah. Just give them a wooden stick with a straight edge. It does the job. Who needs a blackboard when you can just carve notes into the plasterboard walls with a blunt hunting knife?
Thing is, does anyone reckon our troops would last a week against a classroom full of hoodies from inner-city Brum?