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(UK) Schools today expect teachers to be social workers, health care workers

May 5, 2018, (UK) Telegraph: Society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago, Education Secretary says https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/05/05/society-asks-schools-did-generation-ago-education-secretary/ Teachers are now expected to be social workers, speech therapists and keep an eye on pupils’ health, the Education Secretary has suggested. Damian Hinds said that “society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago”, as he recognised the scale of the demands placed on teachers…. “It is true that schools get more funding that they used to. But it is also true that society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago.” … “Activity in schools is often seen as an automatic way to solve a deep-seated issue in society, but it must be understood that schools cannot solve these problems on their own. …