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Minister urges cap on student teachers

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The Educator | 18 Feb 2016, 09:14 AM Agree 0
HAVE YOUR SAY: Would a cap on student teaching graduates improve the quality of education in our classrooms?
  • | 18 Feb 2016, 02:59 PM Agree 0
    It makes sense to cap of uni places and to select the best quality candidates for these positions. Schools will be forced to address poorly performing teachers once they graduate under the new guidelines so a proactive approach just makes sense.
  • Jan | 18 Feb 2016, 04:19 PM Agree 0
    Judged for life on one exam result - the HSC?? Does the Minister know what other influences might influence a student to flounder in Year 12?
    The ATAR of a student who might become a teacher does not reflect their intelligence, teaching capability, personality or current life skills. Really!
  • | 18 Feb 2016, 04:50 PM Agree 0
    Too right, Jan!

    The thing that worries me, is that the ATAR is a scaled mark and doesn't always reflect how well one does in particular subjects. Ensure that teachers pass minimum standards in literacy and numeracy, certainly, but to judge it on the HSC and ATAR is not appropriate! Those studying the arts and other such subjects, which get scaled down, may miss out on a place at university. We need a diverse mix of teachers with a wide range of interests and expertise. Why? Because we have a diverse mix of students with a wide range of interests and expertise!

    When are the people with the power to change the system going to listen to the people who are the experts - the educators working in schools? The system is failing because they are ignoring the true experts! The focus should be on innovation, creative problem-solving, collaboration, life skills and operating successfully as a contributing member of society - NOT standardised, summative testing! Until that changes we will continue to see our education system decline and fall behind the rest of the world!
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