A bit of a disturbing story coming out of the Northern Territory today; a long serving Teacher, possessing an excellent record, has been placed on a good behaviour bond (and can never teach again) because a student sustained the grievous injury of … a swollen thumb. There are many things wrong with this story and fault lays all over the place – but to think a teacher’s career can be ended instantly (as you’ll see below) over such an incredibly minor instance is mind-boggling to say the least.
Posts Tagged ‘Teachers’
Tags: Northern Territory, Teachers, Teaching
Tags: Australian Labour Party, stupidity, Teachers, Testing
I have commented before how the previous Australian Federal Government had little to no clue about how to run an effective education sector (here, here, here, here and here). Sadly it would seem that the current Federal Government is just as bad, trying to introduce measures which are, to say the least, expressly counter productive to the desired goals. Julia Gillard has come out and said that schools will be compared to each other and the results published for the public to see. Why is this a bad idea? Why will it only cause problems? Read on!
Tags: Britain, Cotton Wool Generation, England, Teachers
I have often heard the current generation of students called the “cotton wool” generation and the more I have experience with them, the more I tend to feel this is an apt description. The following story, out of England, is about some children who were late to class and so had to do some pushups as a punishment for their lack of organisation. As a result, the teacher of that class has since been suspended pending an investigation.
Tags: bureaucracy, Teachers, Teaching, Unions, Victoria, Victorian Institute of Teaching, VIT
There is a government created organisation in the area of the world where I live called the Victorian Institute of Teaching. This entire entry is merely an exercise in pointing out how entirely unnecessary and generally useless the group is, serving no useful service and instead only acting as a waste of resources for actual teachers. So what does the V.I.T. do and what does its existence mean for teaching professionals?
Tags: discrimination, Florida, Pasco County, stupidity, Teachers, Wizardry
Wizardry. As defined by a dictionary; “the art, skill, or accomplishments of a wizard”. So to practice wizardry, you really have to be a Wizard. Mildly interesting but not at all surprising. What is surprising how incredibly backward, ignorant and generally daft the administrators of a Pasco County (that’s in Florida) school appear to be. They’ve kicked out a substitute teacher on the grounds that he practiced ‘wizardry’.