says he doesn’t know where he’d be without the help of teachers.
Iam a public-school system kid. I wish I could tell you that I am a success story, going on to get a university y degree and using that t to spring into my life and career with th a great start.
Truth be told, I wasn’t sn’t that great. Maybe I had spark, but by Year 10 and 11 in the northern hern suburbs of Adelaide, I was losing g interest and my average grade e was spiralling from straight ght Bs to Cs and Ds. In fact, I repeated Year 12 to get t better grades because ei I was far too busy trying ng to be liked by everyone ne to ever apply myself. Not much has changed, really.
You know how I got through it? Public high-school teachers. Educators who saw that spark and tried to stimulate te my hormone and junk-food riddled brain in to fire up and be inspired. ed.
This wasn’t Dead Poets Society. We were mainly bogans wearing ng a semblance of a school hool uniform and sporting ng matching mullets. I remember the tireless efforts from my English teacher, Ms Bristow, my classical Greek teacher, Ms Humph Humphries, and the head of music music, Mr Rodgers. Rea Reaching out to me and other others to read out loud. To choos choose novels that woke parts of ou our imaginations from th their dormant slumber. To a allow me and others to practice in the music rooms and be in choirs, even though we never studied music. If it wasn’t for them, I simply don’t know where I would be now. Yet there are some f facts you may not know. Bet Between 2016 to 2017, in some Australian un universities there was a4 a 40 per cent decline in people applying for t teaching degrees. T The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre reported a 40 per cent d drop and the University of Queensland experienced a plummet of 44 per cent. Why? We don’t pay t them enough. The starting salary is $67,000. Yet we expect so much back in return.
I know it’s a noble profession, but this is ridiculous. The future of our country is at stake and, like any business, we need to give people incentives to want to do this.
We need to have the best graduates go back and educate, not just for the star pupils, but those kids the system needs to help. The ones that are up the back, trying to not have to answer a question. The ones who just need the right person to say, “I believe you can do this.”
They can alter someone’s destiny. Change the course of a child’s life.
Instead of complaining about them, we should thank them more often. David co-hosts Today Extra, 9am weekdays, on the Nine Network.
“This wasn’t Dead Poets Society. We were mainly bogans wearing a semblance of a uniform and sporting matching mullets”