Another Opnion piece was published on NAPLAN today and more lament about the downfall ofAustralian schools in terms of English, Maths and Science competency compared to countries like South Korea and Taiwan. There was lamenting, also about students in Years 11 and 12 not choosing 2 Unit/ Advanced Maths for their HSC/ VCE/ Year 12. Here’s what I think.
First, get ATAR results forgetting into teaching at Uni off tge floor. Students who want yo do teaching should have to reach a certain level of academic competency to teach. In Finland, teachers are actually required to study Masters, not just tge equivalent to a Bachelor degree.
Secondly, red tape and political correctness when it comes to reporting needs to go. Teachers need to be able to tell children when they aren’t doing well and what they can do to improve.
Teachers need to be valued from all of society. When I was at school, I learnt a bit about Asian schools, particularly South Korea in Asian Studies. They hold their teachers to such esteem and disrespect is never tolerated. They even have (or at least had), a special holiday dedicated to teachers. I think just a level of respect from students AND parents will be a start.
One more thing about Year 12 Maths. Some students are just not cut out for 2 Unit. If they want to study medicine or engineering at Uni, then that should be a prerequisite. Other than that, I would have thought that General Maths would be sufficient.
What do you think? Anything that anyone wants to add?