Without the right teachers, we let down our children

Every Australian student should appreciate and value their education. In order for this to happen we must ensure we attract the best and brightest minds to the teaching profession.
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Judging from the release of the university placements last weekand La Trobe University’s ATAR cutoff of 51 this is not happening.To ensure an innovation revolution beyond 2016 surely we need innovative teachers?

The most important education discussion that we must have is what should the profile of an Australian teacher be in the 21st century? Who should we be encouraging to study teaching and how can we get the best and brightest into the profession that moulds our future thinkers?

The more I teach the more I realise that teaching in the 21st century is no longer about being an oracle but a facilitator of curiosity and critical thinking skills. It is our job to prepare students for the ever changing world in which they will live and work.

Can teachers be taught how to do this or are people born to be teachers? Do some people simply have more empathy, the ability to transfer knowledge better and engage classrooms more easily? Should we be looking to professionals to become teachers rather than recent school leavers or undergraduates who don’t know what to do next?

We must ensure we stop trying to train people who are unsuited to being teachers in the first place and focus more energy on unearthing the endless teaching talent that must be out there in the workforce today -people who may be good at their current job but dissatisfied. These are the people we want to attract to teaching. Teaching is not for those who want long holidays or don’t know what else they are going to do with their lives.With increasingly tough economic times over the next few years perhaps you or someone you know should make the switch to teaching.

Tory Vidler is a high school teacher.

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