03 July 2007
Foundered On Fine Ideals
Is it a reaction to the cold, or an old war wound
aching? Seems more like a ‘port’ headache but
I have sorted through the newspaper reports -
Federal Minister for Education has merit pay on
her agenda again; this time with a vengeance.
With data from the Centre for Teaching Quality,
she intends trialling recommendations. CTQ for
its US research organisation sins commissioned
18 expert pedagogues to propose framework for
merit pay. Note on outset, that was their AIM.
Are they a paradigm? Their claimed expertise in
US teaching lends zero to our debate - whereas
we’re meant to believe the scheme's a boon, this
from the Minister’s hand. I smell a rat. So what
is rotten in the State Of Education.
Teachers Unions and States oppose anything Julie
proposes; is it her aftershave? Better performed
mentors usually gravitate to independent schools -
where the trial will take place! Left to the fate of
Federal funding State budgets will run last in this
Race. So Julie Bishop blames teachers when failed
debate pricks her Minister’s pique. We can develop
rules for performance pay freed the independent
schools clique - which confounds & infuses Julie’s
thinking. What's needed is to engender a sense of
Worth where despair has foundered on fine ideals
just short of the shore; now we flounder knee-deep
in the Minister's self-serving acrimony, this nation
needs the problem here ratified clearly: you only
get back what you put into education!
© 12 June 2007, I.D. Carswell