Teaching has become the latest target for the BBC in Scotland in what appears to be a campaign aimed at portraying Scottish institutions as failing.
This morning the BBC Scotland radio phone-in programme hosted by Kaye Adams featured education as the subject. One caller, who called herself Joanna, lambasted the teaching profession and claimed to have recently left the sector.
During the call which approached an astonishing 15 minutes, Joanna described herself as a “middle manager” and said she knew nobody who was happy in the profession. She claimed her former colleagues would end their day slumped on the sofa drinking half a bottle of wine.
However, later that afternoon the call was used as the basis for a headline news article by BBC Scotland. An online article Former teacher tells minister ‘teaching is an undoable job’ appeared as the fourth top story.
The article began: “A teacher who left the profession because it became an “undoable” job has told Scotland’s education secretary the profession is a ‘disgrace’.
“Speaking to SNP MSP John Swinney, former teacher Joanna told the cabinet secretary she would never work in a school again.
“She told him many teachers felt under pressure, took medication and felt ill at the thought of going to work.”
The targeting of teaching follows a string of BBC Scotland headline news reports which portayed a variety of Scottish institutions and initiatives negatively. Recent examples have included the Scottish Police Force, the Scottish NHS, ScotRail and the Scottish Fire Brigade Service.
Initiatives such as the Baby Box have also been targeted as has Scotland’s reputation as a welcoming country. Only yesterday BBC Scotland claimed research showed Scottish drug users consumed the most cocaine in a single session than addicts anywhere else in the world.
This latest attack on a Scottish institution coincides with the advent of the exam season. Last year BBC Scotland mounted a sustained attack on Scotland’s examination system [See video below]. A similar approach by the broadcaster is expected this year.
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