The Piper 9


Read After Burnout

images-678If anything positive could have been said about the first half-term, then he thought that it ought to have been that the school had not burnt down.

There had been the incident on the first day, a curious affair before the kids had arrived at registration. He had been somewhat delayed with his PPT (Personal Pep Talk) given to him by his leading manager, head teacher and TTP (Total Toss Pot), Mark Bayliss who had singled his ageing history teacher out for a little positive correction. He wished to draw attention to the need for PMA (Positive Mental Attitudes) and had tried to suggest that this year the ageing teacher should take a back seat and let other younger, more dynamic individuals take up the strain. Bayliss liked to think of himself as an expert in these matters.

“Think about your retirement. You don’t want all the stress of leading…

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

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