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Teachers' political tendencies

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ President on 23 January 2014
  • The following letter was published in The Australian on Thursday 23 January 2014 with the underlined words deleted. The paper’s heading for a collection of four letters in its “Talking Point” section was “There’s more to a good teacher than teaching skills”. Professor Greg Craven is Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.

In discussing the national curriculum, Professor Greg Craven suggests that there is a tendency for many teachers to be, as he colourfully puts it, “a little more pink than powder blue” (“National curriculum a victim of crimes of omission” 22/1).

While he doesn’t cite any actual evidence, he is probably correct. After all, teaching involves helping others and being concerned with the good of society as a whole rather than just one’s self. And, of course, teachers are never going to make significant amounts of money.

Those with strong right wing views, which include a focus on the individual, are much more likely to be found pursuing personal gain in better paid occupations.

Garry Collins, ETAQ PresidentAuthor:Garry Collins, ETAQ President
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