Education: Revolt of the Meek

The 70 delegates to the annual conference of the northwest area of Britain's National Association of Schoolmasters could scarcely contain themselves as the speaker from Lancaster ripped into the Minister of Education. Sir David Eccles, said the speaker, "has achieved the impossible. Alone and unaided and with consummate skill and genius, he has driven the meekest, mildest, most long-suffering body of men and women in the Western Hemisphere to revolt." The men and women in question were the schoolteachers of Britain. Their mood had never been more surly.

The cause of the fuss was Sir David's attempt to increase the teachers' Superannuation...

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