Being a Teacher: Reading 10. Study of Effective Schools - Summary of Major Findings
and Potterton describe the key factors that they found in those South
African schools that demonstrated resilience in the face of difficulties. This
excerpt focuses on only one of these factors: a shared sense of
responsibility on the part of the teachers on the staff – a moral
responsibility that goes beyond accountability and prevents teachers
from seeing themselves as victims, or as helpless (both of these selfimages
are hostile to the idea of teachers as professionals).