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18 Teachers Who Are Savagely Unimpressed With The Idea Of A Teacher Oath

"I swear not to have a life outside work. Who needs a social life or sleep?"

Posted on October 12, 2014, at 10:02 a.m. ET

The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, wants teachers to take an oath "to help elevate the status of the profession." Unsurprisingly, teachers took to Twitter to rally against the idea.

1. Some targeted politicians and Hunt specifically as the cause of the problem.

Twitter: @mweller / ThinkStock / Songquan Deng

2.

Walk into any staff room nowadays and I'm sure you'll hear lots of oaths. #teacheroath

peter boughton@wingsoftoastFollow

Walk into any staff room nowadays and I'm sure you'll hear lots of oaths. #teacheroath

12:07 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3.

I promise to nod sagely at every new and time consuming initiative that will undoubtably be reversed in 18 months time. #TeacherOath

Peter Smith@Redpeter99Follow

I promise to nod sagely at every new and time consuming initiative that will undoubtably be reversed in 18 months time. #TeacherOath

11:30 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4.

Is #teacheroath a real policy? Patronising gimmick which does nothing to raise standards or relieve pressure on teachers.

Alex White@AlexWhiteUKFollow

Is #teacheroath a real policy? Patronising gimmick which does nothing to raise standards or relieve pressure on teachers.

11:34 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5.

Twitter: @caspbird / Getty Images / Leon Neal / Staff

6.

#teacheroath i solemnly swear follow any education policy dreamt up by whichever government happens to be in power

Kate Farnworth@kate_farnworthFollow

#teacheroath i solemnly swear follow any education policy dreamt up by whichever government happens to be in power

12:37 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. Others used it as an opportunity to highlight how much pressure teachers are under.

Twitter: @severedelays / ThinkStock / ComStock images

8.

I swear that I will admonish students to eat their lunch while forgoing my own for meetings. #teacheroath

Mr Mike Stuchbery@MrStuchberyFollow

I swear that I will admonish students to eat their lunch while forgoing my own for meetings. #teacheroath

9:59 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Twitter: @ravivian / ThinkStock / Comstock

10.

I pledge to deliver a new GCSE specification in Sept when the politicians sent me the final copy on July 13th #teacheroath

James Hobson@jamesdhobsonFollow

I pledge to deliver a new GCSE specification in Sept when the politicians sent me the final copy on July 13th #teacheroath

9:31 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

11.

I hereby solemnly swear to stay at the table and eat all of my Sunday lunch before bed time #teacheroath

mike cox@mikecox123Follow

I hereby solemnly swear to stay at the table and eat all of my Sunday lunch before bed time #teacheroath

12:33 PM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12.

Twitter: @dannymorgans / SarapulSar38 / ThinkStock

13.

Mr Hunt, my #teacheroath to you is unprintable.

Paul Hood@hood1960Follow

Mr Hunt, my #teacheroath to you is unprintable.

11:13 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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15.

Forget emphasizing the "moral calling and the noble profession of teaching" with an oath. Pay it the salary it deserves. #TeacherOath

Mary-Anne Boermans@wotchersFollow

Forget emphasizing the "moral calling and the noble profession of teaching" with an oath. Pay it the salary it deserves. #TeacherOath

11:04 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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KatarzynaBialasiewicz / ThinkStock / Twitter: @alien_teacher

17.

I pledge to work with children in a school never properly clean because it uses overworked and underpaid cleaners #teacheroath

James Hobson@jamesdhobsonFollow

I pledge to work with children in a school never properly clean because it uses overworked and underpaid cleaners #teacheroath

9:29 AM - 12 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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