PPTA President

Image Angela Roberts PPTA president 2013-2014

News and views from PPTA president Angela Roberts.

Includes the PPTA News viewpoint and his responses to various education issues raised in the media.

(Angela began her presidency mid January 2013)



False heroes and real villains

PPTA President Angela Roberts observes the dishonest (villainous) misuse of the phrase 'quality teaching' is such that it sets up an unsustainable heroic model of teaching.

False heroes and real villains

There is a good reason passengers in planes are told to put their own oxygen masks on before trying to help others; the urge towards altruism and heroism is such that under pressure people will instinctively seek to help those around them - especially family members - with the net result that everyone's lives are put at risk.

Relying on best intentions doesn't always lead to the best results.

In the same way, policies that never take into account the needs of teachers end up not delivering for anyone.

The classic demonstration of this complete disregard for teachers and their needs came last year when the minister and the usual suspects in the bureaucracy joined together to proclaim that the number of students crammed into class was of no matter. All that was required was enough professional development along with threats of pay cuts and teachers would develop the superhuman qualities needed to provide tailored programmes and individual attention to classes of 30 plus. The name of this miracle is "quality teaching".

The ideal of "quality teaching" is not a helpful phrase when it is used to feed a convenient heroic fantasy.


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