Ok so in the news today, the government has announced a new programme where former armed forces personnel without a degree will be fast tracked into teaching, which leads me to the question: Does fast tracking make sense?
I find this story quite surprising. I don’t really understand the logic. The armed forces and teaching are two very different disciplines altogether, so surely fast tracking one into the other is just a complete mismatch.
Another issue I see is the level of discipline. You wouldn’t see a class teacher shout ‘DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME 20!’ or a member of the armed forces saying ‘You may now start the test’. So surely there has to be some form of conflict there.
I can understand a member of the armed forces coming in as a visiting guest speaker to talk about wars or military history, but would they necessarily be able to teach children maths as well as someone who has been teaching for years or has recently spent 4 years in teacher training? I don’t think so.
What do you think? Should members of the armed forces be fast tracked into teaching? Should fast tracking be available in any profession, not just teaching?