Saturday, 21 February 2009

Health and Safety in Schools

"It is not the lawyer who counts:
or the man who points out how the pupil should not have stumbled
or how the writer of risk assessments could have done better.
The credit belongs to the teacher who is actually on the school trip,
whose class is covered by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly,
who allows children to err and come up short again and again,
because there is no education without danger or risk,
but who shares his great enthusiasms, his great devotions,
who gives up his time for a worthy cause;
whose class, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while enriching their lives greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who stayed back at school in constant fear of litigation defeat."

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