Last edited by Sonja; 01-05-2016 at 14:45.
I only have a child in kindy so I am totally ignorant about all the other class years and what they are teaching yet but why are we so behind in education compared to the rest of the world? Why are our reading and maths skills so bad? That report said it would make sure all year 12 students will reach a standard literacy and numeracy skills before leaving school - why don't they now???
Don't we have a national curriculum that teaches the basics ? Why are 1st class kids behind? Is it that we need more teachers or do other countries have a better way of learning - or should we as parents be doing more at home? Im all for more school funding but want to make sure it's going to make a difference - it seems like neither government has a proper plan?
At the moment, in general, graduates are being employed over experienced teachers due to differences in pay. Of course, there will always be great graduates that should be employed anyway.
In general, attitudes towards education in Australia are quite low. In general, respect for teachers is quite low. It would be interesting to compare attitudes and behaviours of Australian families compared to families in countries that are performing better.
The curriculum is very crowded and time is always so precious. I have also found that expectations of students has dropped which is a shame. Even some of the HSC courses have been "dumbed down" resulting in students then having more to learn at university.
Students need to take on the responsibility for their own learning. Of course the teachers must do their job - it frustrates me when I see or hear of a teacher being lazy. The Institute is great for an increase of supervision, PD and reflective practice, but it is a shame that it also comes with a lot of paperwork that will take up time.
Parents are also quite stretched now as both parents are often working now to make ends meet.
Sometimes the push to integrate technology is using up valuable learning time as instead of it being a tool for learning, it is the main object of the lesson. There needs to be a balance of learning vs technology and whether it is necessary. Of course, 21st century and lifelong learning skills are important, but must be integrated into purposeful learning experiences. It must enhance learning, not hinder it.
I am also one for homework - in terms of things like homereading (but gosh, sometimes we substitute the books as some of them need to be thrown out!), times tables and spelling/sight words. Doing the basics when they are young sets up good habits for when they are older and need to be more disciplined.
It would be lovely if we were all computers and could just easily and effortlessly plug ourselves in and download everything we need to know to succeed in life, but unfortunately/fortunately we were all made differently, have different talents, with some of our processors, memory and bits working a little differently, at different rates and capabilities.
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Last edited by Little Ted; 01-05-2016 at 21:47.
There are lots of reasons the Scandinavian countries are kicking our butts in education. They dislike standardised testing like NAPLAN, they start kids later, they actually value and pay teachers properly. They don't have longer school days they have short ones. This popped up in a teacher group I'm in only in the last few days
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