We all have favourite teachers. Good teachers. Teachers we had has a child and remember fondly. And if we are lucky enough to wear the parents ‘hat’ now then we will have those who we regard as ‘good’ teachers, teachers who are making a difference to our children’s education.
Christopher Bantick’s article in The Age (7/6/13) depicts the current educational landscape in Australia. He argues that the emphasis on attaining higher degrees does not necessarily lead to better teachers. “Degree creep is affecting school teaching.” It would seem that schools are trending to employ teachers with higher degrees and yet schools are still failing standards in literacy and numeracy. The teaching has not improved.
Apparently Finland’s teachers all hold a Masters degree as a point of entry into education. But it is not the qualification that determines the quality of teacher. Only the ‘best brains may apply’. If we continue to value education then we need to want more than the average Joe applying to study a Bachelor or Masters in Education. And we need to see the higher degree as nothing more than a trend in our Australian educational landscape. What makes a good teacher? What makes a better teacher?
The right starting point it seems makes the better teacher.