What it’s like to teach in Australia

One teacher reflects on the challenges of teaching in Australia

Many of Australia’s educational tensions are well known and shared globally: top-down punitive accountability, debates about pedagogy, a climate of competition between colleagues, increasing reliance on numeric data to track learning, the negative effects of over-testing and an epidemic of anxiety.

We are largely driven by performance measures. The massive surge of testing and data is eating away at the richness of the school experience. In a recent state curriculum review, there were widespread calls for a reduction in content coverage and more focus on creativity, problem-solving, curiosity ...

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