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posted by Maurie Mulheron, Aug 01, 2014
The Federal Government supports a program called Teach for Australia that aims to fast-track graduates into teaching. Maurie Mulheron, the President of the NSW Teachers Federation, says outfits like these are a fundamental attack on teaching qualifications.
Many teachers throughout Australia have been deeply concerned at the support both major political parties have given to an outfit called Teach for Australia. It was modelled, none too subtly, on a US program called Teach for America. Following the Federal Budget, Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced an additional $22 million for the scheme on top of the previous $34 million the controversial program had already received.
Teach for Australia is based on the notion that graduates can be ‘fast-tracked’ into teaching having only received six weeks of training. NSW never embraced the model as it was quite rightly perceived as an affront to the profession and an attack on teacher qualifications.
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