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What Would the Buddha have Done?

Part of the series Staffroom Monologues

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In What Would the Buddha Have Done?, written by teacher Susie Paskins, Sophie Stanton portrays an RE teacher waiting to meet her headteacher to explain her lesson on Buddhism, while being observed by Mr Briefcase.

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Staffroom Monologues is a series of four short films, each scripted by a winner of an online Teachers TV competition looking for monologues by people working in the education sector. The scripts were edited by Tony Marchant and directed by Jean Stewart.


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    • Educere not just Educate
      22 February 2008 - 16:04

      William Yates said that "education is the lighting of a fire not the filling of a pail". This short piece of video encapsulates much of the ills of the current education system one that considers that education is about jobs not the preparation for life, that focuses on the material at the expense of the spiritual and one that is obsessed with testing till it squeals (we are the most tested education system in Europe yet by no means that best).

      My heart went out to the child and the teacher in this story, to the stereotypes of the headteacher and even Mr, Briefcase in the poignant paraody of aims, expectations and emotions.

      I work with teachers on how to become 'outstanding'. I shall be using this video clip as a reminder that at the core of the outstanding teacher is a relationship with their class and with a core human purpose.

      Paul Hopkins

    • Following the success of
      18 February 2008 - 17:00

      Following the success of Staffroom Monologues 2007, Teachers TV are delighted to announce its back again this year. In association with the National Union of Teachers we are looking to find the best screenwriters of the staffroom.

      This year's Writer Judge will be Ashley Pharoah the British television writer, co-creator of the successful drama series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes..

      To enter, budding script writers that work in education (paid or voluntary) are asked to submit a single character fictional monologue of between 800 and 1,000 words by 25 March 2008 on any aspect of school life from the perspective of someone who works in a school. For help and inspiration and to enter please visit www.teachers.tv/monologues
      Helen Mussard, Community Marketing Executive