Shock-jock don?

March 8, 2002

Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools, has joined the University of Buckingham as a research professor.

He plans to demonstrate how the extension of independent education in the United Kingdom will offer all, regardless of income, a better education.

Sally Hunt, assistant general secretary of the Association of University Teachers, said: "His ideas are more suited to the shock values of a radio phone-in show than an institution of learning. I hope that in future he devotes himself to private study rather than continuing to interfere in the dedicated and professional work of UK teachers."

Professor Woodhead is in good company - vice-chancellor Terence Kealey was reviled by his former colleagues at the University of Cambridge for suggesting that the state should not fund science.

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