Teacher training days - why ?

Otherwise known as Baker days after the education minister who introduced them, these days are tacked onto school holidays because teachers need to be trained. A very recent example locally: the children in our local primary school returned on the Tuesday not the Monday because the staff were being educated. No thought is given to the parents who had to return to work on that Monday and aren't afforded this day off. I'm sure time is precious, but teachers never had these days before Norman Bakers' stint, so do we really need them now in the 21st century with Internet and online learning available to all ?
Simon Clark, SJC Systems Limited | Sat 11th Jan 2014 at 00:20