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Mr Blair - I waited!
by Melanie Kerr 
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Dear Mr Blair.

I would like to make a serious complaint about your procrastination. I know that you are probably very busy right now with gearing up for the next election, picking fights with members of your cabinet, your backbenchers and the opposition party, but I would like to refresh your memory about something you promised to do when you first came to office.

You remember that catch phrase of yours? "Education! Education! Education!" You probably said lots of other things too as potential Prime Ministers do to persuade people to vote for them! As part of your education shake-up you promised to get rid of bad teachers.

I waited patiently to be found and got rid of! I wasn't quite sure whether you had worked out exactly how I was going to meet my pedagogical end, but I was confident that it would happen. I had mentally spent the redundancy money on financing a book. I had even written the opening chapter - "Teaching - Go Get Your Head Examined." But you didn't come.

I had to find something to do with all the pupils you had left me with, so I wrote new units of work to keep up my writing skills. I discovered how to use a computer and spent hours surfing the net looking for interesting information to hold their interest. I put up interesting displays on the classroom walls. I took them on visits to Museums and Art galleries and even spent a week with them trudging around the countryside on a field trip on the Isle of Mann looking at Celtic crosses and stone circles in empty fields. It was horrible - the more interesting my lessons became, the more pupils kept opting into them! I developed ways of managing the disruptive pupils, and inspiring the very able at the same time! And all the while I waited, but you didn't come!

With every class room door that opened I expected to see you waiting there with open arms ready to lead me to my new life - BUT YOU DIDN'T COME!

And while I was waiting what do I find you doing? Looking for bad dictators of Middle Eastern countries to chase across deserts; looking for terrorists that threaten our democratic way of life; looking for bad doctors who risk the lives of their patients with careless medical procedures; looking for people who gallop across the countryside on horses chasing harmless foxes.

In all this "looking for" and "chasing", I have been waiting. I would like to tell you that you can stop looking for me now. While you have been procrastinating in your duty to find bad teachers, this one grew into being a good teacher. The book has never been written and the opening chapter had been re-titled "Teaching - A Fulfilling Experience".

However, be assured that I can never vote for you. You have shown yourself to be a man who does not keep his word!

Yours faithfully,

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Doug Jenkins 10 Apr 2006
Melanie, Politics aside, I love the wit and sarcasm. You are a writer after my own heart. Thanks for the read, Doug
Phyllis Inniss  10 Oct 2005
This was truly humorous. I bet you were never really a bad teacher, but grew into a better one. I taught in the U.K. for three years and was sorry for those children who were saddled with inept teachers. Good job on your writing skills.
Linda Germain  29 Mar 2005
This was so easy to read and with such a terrific point. You have a great style. Mr. B. should be presenting the ~teacher of the year~ award to you.
Melanie Kerr  27 Mar 2005
Thanks for pointing out the typos - I think I caught the little blighters and corrected them - but if there are any that got away - feel free to tll me.
Penny Baldwin 27 Mar 2005
It just shows how much we can find that we want to change about people.
Joyce Poet 26 Mar 2005
Aside from the few minor errors that could easily be edited, this article needs to go the press! :::hehe::: Thanks for the humor. I leave so much to be desired in the humor department, but it sure does my soul good to laugh along with someone else. Thanks!
Sally Hanan 26 Mar 2005
Excellent! This proves that procastination is really a good thing....
Debbie OConnor 26 Mar 2005
Great job, Melanie! Very funny! :)
Brenda Kern  26 Mar 2005
I think I see a few typos: 1st paragraph, 4th line: "...refresh your memory..." (left off the r 7th pp., 3rd line: "...this one grew into..." (drop the extra 'in') Last pp., "...vote for you..." (not of) This is really good, Melanie. My mom was a public school teacher here in the US for years, and often struggled with low standards and poor administrators, etc. Good for you for sticking it out! And lucky for you that Blair dilly dallied a bit with rooting out bad teachers? Probably not--I would bet you were a better teacher than you thought you were, even from the beginning!


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