Do not expect teachers to teach despite all of this because you think they have more humanity than most. It is the -* lack of discipline in students * and the violence * and the lack of support and gratitude from parents - which is driving teachers out of Queensland classrooms. Both were totally gutted and disillusioned by their teaching experiences.I have two young friends who both trained as teachers. They both went back to uni to study nursing and now work as registered nurses.
I can't wait until I quit, I'm just waiting to get the right opportunity.
My issues were numerous; the last contact I had at a school I had been at for some four years was a nightmare - shocking behavioural management issues; management turning against me, and certain teachers in one of the departments making it very clear that I was not wanted. marking, writing reports, developing "individual learning plans" for the students who are falling behind, dealing with parents, managing some terrible behaviour issues, covering classes for the teachers who seem to call in sick whenever the pressure is on, supervising lunch and after school ...
And any boys growing up with a teacher in the family would have witnessed the impossible workload, especially in the past ten years, the ridiculous bureaucracy and the increasingly demanding parents - and they would run a mile.
Having been a teacher for 34 years and a very good one at that, I had many colleagues who took the Primary Teacher Career Change $50,000 to leave because they could not cope with the lack of support, changes for the worse in curriculum and lack of respect from parents.
Editor : Doesn't it seem odd that Greg Newham's Navy mates have published this wonderful memorial page for him, but there is no Queensland Teacher's Union or Queensland Department of Education memorial page?
Teachers often begin work at 7.30am, and some do not go home till like 6 or 7pm, after being abused all day, losing their voice from screaming at unruly kids and trying to teach all different learning abilities!!
Teachers plan their curricula on Syllabi provided to them and work under strict guidelines from administrators higher up in the education system.
Many career teachers dislike many of the changes that have been inflicted on them by those above them. Then we have to put up with the constant denigrating from members of the public who themselves mostly failed at school, from the media, who see us as an easy target, and from politicians who refuse to address funding issues and make teachers the scapegoat.
At the begining of the school year, thousands of Qld teachers were forced into halls for days, having to endure 'motivational' cr_p from experts, rather than prepare lessons, analyse, investigate and familiarise with new curricula.
Our failed system has for decades been propped up by spending billions of dollars that should not need spending, by endless propaganda, by bullying and belittling members of the public who question its approaches and results, by denying anything's wrong, by intimidating teachers, by government slogans and by dumping every fad, pointless innovation or ill-fated attempt to deal with system-caused problems on to teachers.
I can't comment on primary teaching, but certainly in the last 20 years blokey, sporty young men have not been attracted to teaching and in my time graduate men were inappropriately bossed around by a mostly female admin hierarchy.