So, two tabloid newspapers, neither reputable, have posted an opinion piece suggesting that the school day run from 9am to 6pm. You can read the article here:
It’s generating conversation on Facebook; kids and teachers equally alarmed. There are some almost sensible arguments in it and then there is plenty of nonsense in it. The research isn’t thorough, nor is it academic. Overall, I think it is ridiculous. It highlights how little the broader public really understands about what being a teacher realistically entails.
I’m shaking my head. Not too hard. I know there is no chance of this model being adopted in Australia. It was knocked flat in the UK. Because, it is ridiculous.
The article mentions that teachers are paid for a 25 hour working week. Lol. No we aren’t. We are paid a salary. It’s not per hour and it’s not for a 25 hour working week.
We are expected to fulfill our duties irrespective of the amount of time required to do it, and yes, that often means we work well beyond the hours that children attend school. And, yes, we are expected to fulfill many roles outside of the provision of content to children. Lol. But we aren’t paid for that. Nor are we trained for that.
She is right. The current model for education is not appropriate for this generation of learners. Her model is also not right. Conversation should be had but those that aren’t educators shouldn’t really be included in it; they don’t have the necessary corporate knowledge.
Tabloid media, sensationalism at its core, needs to well and truly butt out of education. In my opinion.