“Conski 2.0” overburdens already stretched teachers

May 03, 2018

This week, teachers were met with the news that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has given full support to the findings of David Gonski's most recent report, Through Growth To Achievement (aka Gonski 2.0).

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi yesterday said this latest iteration of the federal government's what he has called, the “Conski 2.0” education policy is nothing more than experimenting on our children’s brains.

The ABC reports, for teachers it's a disconcerting feeling, almost insulting, to return home from a day in the classroom only to discover, via the evening news, that your job — your profession — is potentially about to undergo a major overhaul.

It's also terrifying. Teachers already feel exhausted, burnt out and utterly unable to implement another raft of imposed changes, particularly when every other change they've endured in the past decade has seemingly done more harm than good: student performance is at an all-time low on international measures of achievement and up to 50 per cent of newly graduated teachers leave the profession within the first five years.

The report claims our education system is currently locked in an ineffective industrial-era model based on a 'one-size-fits-all' method of teaching (and learning) that focuses primarily on academic achievement.

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