chapter  20
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Role of the Teacher Peter Gordon

An advertisement for teachers in an educational journal in recent years ran: 'Come and teach in X and enjoy teacher participation in decision-making.' This recognition of the changing role of the teacher, which is to be explored more fully in chapter 21, is a far cry from the nineteenth century when the teacher's status was low. Then, it was considered necessary for teachers to be able to supplement their income by combining their work with that of, for example, acting as the village postmaster, organist and poor law clerk.