Who speaks for teachers?

Filling the pail

In my previous post, I noted that a panel event in Sydney was addressing the question of whether schools kill creativity and that there were no teachers on the panel. Instead, the panel consisted of two journalists, a musician and an education academic.

I made it clear that I had no objections to any one of these panelists airing their views. The topic is a bit of a cliche, in my view, but that’s beside the point. I welcome a diverse range of views on education and I welcome the engagement of people from across the community.

What I cannot accept is teachers being absent from such a discussion. I labelled it ‘latent contempt’ and I think this is a fitting description. Nobody is actively seeking to be contemptuous of teachers and nobody realises they are doing it, but we do seem to be a junior partner in the…

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