Posted by: Witch Doctor | April 3, 2010

C r a P!


Attention pupils everywhere!

Give all your teachers 360 degree appraisal!

Insist you interview all your teachers before they are appointed to your school!

Make them sing for their supper at the interview!

Don’t employ a teacher if they look like Humpty-Dumpty!

Give preference to the ones who wear red shoes!

Then write the following 10,000 times!

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

This is C r a P…….

These activities will help make you good members of civil society.


Good luck to the teachers who are now recognising CraP when they see it. However, remember, as in medicine, that CraP can only happen if facilitated by members of your own profession!

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  1. I have seen first hand how this sort of thing is getting out of control in schools. The palliness of the pupil teacher relationship is not all good.

    The consequences are beginning to spill over into medical students and junior doctors who seem to have become conditioned into looking for problems with their teachers and the process rather than problems within themselves. The tendency now is for students and even some doctors in training to take the view that they should be able to lie back and have the system propel them to the top. Problems are never of their own making. The world is tougher than this. It is not a fair world. The success of a individuals depends mostly what they do for themselves and not on what others do for them. Of course many resourceful individuals realise this but there are a few that have been misled by the way the system now mollycoddles them.

    A thing that surprises me is that, despite these changes in schools, quite senior junior doctors call me Dr Grumble rather than John even in very casual settings. The secretarial staff and quite junior scientific staff all call me John. I am comfortable with both. My feeling is that a clear hierarchy and formality in the clinical setting is needed in the same way the formal chain of command is needed in the military.

    A French doctor recently joined us in the Grumble Hospital and his children now go to an English school. He described how informal the pupil teacher relationship is in England compared with in France. I think he thought it was a good thing.

    There are pros and cons to informality. Perhaps, despite what I have said above, the pros may outweigh the cons. The risk is creep. Somehow these things have a tendency to get out of control when creep turns to crap.

    As creep develops into crap, teachers like doctors will find themselves having to propelled along with these changes whatever their considered opinion. Any criticism of 360 degree appraisals or pupils on interview panels will be met with accusations of self-interest from those outside their profession. We know. Perhaps it is time for the professions to band together and defend each other against the purveyors of nonsense.

  2. Creep always seems “reasonable” when it starts and, as you say, Dr G, this is how it can be propelled so easily.

    I like your idea of Creep becoming Crap. Maybe this should become the enhanced theme of this blog!

    I too think the time may be now for professionals to unite against a state which is now trying to control every moment of our lives and thoughts. The first job though would be to make this clear to our peers who have become puppets.

    Most of the WD’s school teachers were friendly enough but kept a degree of distance from the pupils. There was one who was different – very helpful and pally. Now an old man, he was jailed last year for child sex abuse that had taken place at the school many years before. The WD was unaware of what was going on but avoided him because his palliness made her uncomfortable.

    I am not of course saying that palliness equates with some kind of personality aberration! I am just reminiscing!

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