WOOING THE NATION
“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.”
HIGH school mathematics teacher and internet sensation Eddie Woo has added to his list of accolades by delivering the 2018 Australia Day Address.
Hosted by the Australia Day Council of NSW, the Australia Day Address is a celebration of thought, diversity of opinion and freedom of speech.
“Being a teacher gives me the opportunity to see and savour the very best of what Australia is. I get to see students dream of what they might one day become and achieve – citizens who will make a positive difference in Australian society,” Mr Woo said.
Mr Woo also said that while Australian schools work hard to offer a world class learning environment to every child, the issues of teacher retention and burnout needed to be addressed.
“Valuing education isn’t about awards and accolades. It’s much more about trust and respect,” he said.
“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.”
Head of mathematics at Cherrybrook Technology High School in Sydney, Mr Woo rose to fame when he started posting videos online for a student who was missing a lot of school. His Youtube channel Wootube now boasts almost 200,000 subscribers worldwide.
Mr Woo was recently named as one of the Top 10 finalists in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize with $US1 million in prize money up for grabs.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and said Mr Woo’s innovative and dynamic methods have transformed the way students relate to mathematics.
“Through his unique ability to engage with young people, Eddie Woo has helped countless students to overcome a fear of maths and nurture a love of learning,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Eddie’s passion and dedication to teaching and his personal story is truly inspiring.”
Mathematics teacher Eddie Woo delivering the 2018 Australia Day Address.