Lo­cal High School Teacher named Aus­tralia's Lo­cal Hero for 2018.

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

In­no­va­tive pub­lic high school teacher, Mr Ed­die Woo, who teaches math­e­mat­ics at Cher­ry­brook Tech­nol­ogy High School, has been named as Aus­tralia's Lo­cal Hero in the 2018 Aus­tralia Day Awards.

In 2012, Mr Woo started post­ing videos on­line for a stu­dent who was sick with can­cer and miss­ing a lot of school. Be­fore long, his videos found an au­di­ence across the coun­try and be­yond. Wootube now boasts more than 100,000 sub­scribers and has at­tracted more than nine mil­lion views world­wide – and count­ing. Mr Woo’s unique and car­ing ap­proach to teach­ing is break­ing the mis­con­cep­tion that math­e­mat­ics is an in­ac­ces­si­ble and dif­fi­cult sub­ject.

Out­side his high school class­room, Mr Woo is a proud fa­ther of three and a vol­un­teer fa­cil­i­ta­tor with the Univer­sity of Syd­ney’s Widen­ing Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Out­reach pro­gram, where he has per­son­ally guided and mo­ti­vated more than 1,400 stu­dents from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds.

Mr Woo gave a pas­sion­ate thank you speech at the Awards. This can be read in full on­line, but be­low is his ref­er­ence to ed­u­ca­tion:

"Let’s learn to truly value our schools and our teach­ers. Ed­u­ca­tion has been one of Aus­tralia’s great­est as­sets, but things won’t stay that way un­less we give ed­u­ca­tors the cul­tural and cap­i­tal sup­port that they need to do their jobs. For in­stance, that short­age of math­e­mat­ics teach­ers I was telling you about has only be­come more se­vere since my univer­sity days. As a field, ed­u­ca­tion strug­gles to at­tract the stu­dents with a life­long passion to change the world for good - and it’s even more of a chal­lenge to keep them there, with al­most half of our early ca­reer teach­ers leav­ing the pro­fes­sion in their first five years. They want a job with bet­ter work-life bal­ance and much more re­spect from so­ci­ety, and who can blame them? Aus­tralian teach­ers are un­der­val­ued and over­worked, so only those who are will­ing to make the sac­ri­fices stay. That needs to change. Valu­ing ed­u­ca­tion isn’t about awards and ac­co­lades. It’s much more about trust and re­spect. Par­ents, politi­cians, man­agers and the me­dia - we all must do our part in hon­our­ing our schools and those who work in them. Our chil­dren are depending on it.

Full tran­script at https://www.aus­trali­a­day.com.au/events/ aus­tralia-day-ad­dress/2018-speaker-ed­die-woo/

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