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The Challenge to Schools Posed by Under-Performing Teachers
The challenge to schools posed by under-performing teachers

This chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book's contents by discussing key questions raised by the issue of teacher under-performance in schools. The issues raised are revisited, in greater detail, in later chapters of the book.

What are the Consequences for Schools of Teacher Under-Performance?

It has been said before and, in all probability, it will be said time and time again – the single most significant factor in a child's learning is the teacher. Haim Ginott's (1972) famous quote reminds us of the power that lies in the hands of teachers:

I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my ...

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