Why people don’t want to be teachers anymore
Most Australians have been lucky enough to encounter at least one really great teacher during school. A good teacher doesn’t just get you a good test average. They can bring literature to life with a wonderful voice, open your eyes with a cult-classic film, and be the first to tell you that your green-thumb could grow into a career. Rather than memorising hollow facts, a great teacher can spark a lifelong passion.
Imagine if you’d never met that great teacher, would it have changed your interests, career, or maybe your life?
The reality, according to new statistics, is that fewer great teachers are entering classrooms as fewer talented Australians apply to become teachers. Associate Professor Jo-Anne Ferriera spoke to Thursday Drive about why fewer people see teaching as a great career, and what can be done to change that. Listen to the whole interview below.
Jo-Anne Ferriera is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Education, at Southern Cross University. Find her article Seven Reasons People No Longer Want To Be Teachers in The Conversation here.