David Camp­bell

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - DAVID CAMP­BELL

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”

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