This post started out as a comment on @johndavidblake’s excellent blog this morning, but then it got too long and I thought, what the hell, why should he get all the hits.
I came into teaching late, in my early thirties. I’d already had one career as a chartered accountant, a successful one. But I was, as I told friends who asked why I was leaving, in danger of turning into an accountant if I stayed much longer. That was not how I saw myself. So I left and retrained as a teacher. I joined another profession.
But it was very, very different, and that is the lens I see this current discussion through about re-licensing, re-validation or whatever you want to call it. There were a number of things I simply could not understand.
Firstly, and most obviously, if I was a professional, where was my professional body, the…
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