There’s something missing from public discourse about education, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Professional Officer Amy Cotton writes.
Turn on any morning news program and there will be a politician and a couple of panellists who once attended school discussing the needs of education in our country.
They reduce complex issues to talking points and dramatic table slaps for the viewing audience. The newspapers are rarely better – routinely printing sensational stories or opinion pieces about the failing education system instead of nuanced analysis of policy and conditions. On social media there is an abundance of people with single issues claiming that they know how to ‘fix’ education in Australia.
But where are the teachers’ voices? Where are the support staff voices? Across the nation, at casual barbecues with their friends and family, teachers and education sector workers routinely defend the work they do and explain how hard they work and how under resourced, undervalued and under appreciated they are.