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Govt pledges $1.2bn for schools…but there’s a catch

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The Educator | 02 May 2016, 10:07 AM Agree 0
In tomorrow’s 2016 Budget, the Federal Government will promise $1.2bn for schools – but there are strings attached.
  • | 02 May 2016, 12:55 PM Agree 0
    All children are not created equal due to the life experiences (or lack thereof). This can be due to socio-economic issues, cultural issues, intellectual ability, significant disability etc. These issues will have an impact on student learning regardless of quality teaching. Even the best teachers can't teach a "fish to climb a tree" no matter how much financial support is applied to a program demanding such an outcome, or how much financial incentive is offered to teachers. Until those holding the finical purse strings understand this fact then our students and our profession will suffer.
  • Chris Platt | 02 May 2016, 02:51 PM Agree 0
    Teacher's competancy is a difficult thing to standardise. This is a similar model to what was enacted in the UK two/three years ago. It creates tension and unrealsitic expectations; not to mention a mutual sense of distrust between educational practitioners and the Government. For example, grading the competancy of an educator who might be teaching in an affluent, small sized class in a highly funded private school against that of someone teaching in a deprived area of lower socio-economic status is foolish. Different teachers rightfully apply a variety of methods to ensure that their pupils achieve both the progress and attainment that is appropriate for the individual. Having an overarching diktat that generalises learning styles and educational development is dangerous, as it moulds education into a political tool rather than a means of progressing a nation and its people's standard of living and progress. Under high quality consultancy, curriculum and funding can be positively reinforced from the governing bodies, but to try and generalise such a broad and differentiating concept such as 'teaching ability/quality' is too simplistic and insinuates that those who administer this judgement are flippantly disregarding the thing that makes teaching an art and a skill; the passionate and pedagogical connection that teachers have to both their profession and the pupils they serve.
  • Stephen Walker | 04 May 2016, 11:25 AM Agree 0
    What concerns me is the clear disconnection of communication across the years around issues as critical as "paying teachers on performance." All the reasons why this would never work have been aired and thrashed long ago. It is frustrating to think that there is no sequential improvement amongst government leaders in terms of how they see teachers and the profession as a whole. Maybe they should be encouraged to go on their next fact finding mission, travel to Finland and see first hand how public education can be managed and be highly successful for all concerned.
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