Sue Willis from Monash argues (sensibly I think) that there’s no crisis in teaching applicants, I suppose in argument against the article earlier this week about the high number of applicants who missed out on a university place in teaching and nursing.
During the ’90s, schools were constantly and publicly
criticised. Employment opportunities were unpredictably at the whim
of short-term political decisions. Applications to teacher
education fell dramatically, as did the minimum entry level
achievement of teacher education students.
But at the end of the 1990s, there was something of a mood
swing: politicians and some of the media started to promote
teaching, and resources in schools started to improve.
This is why we now do not have a problem attracting people to
teacher education. Importantly, we are largely selecting students
for whom teaching is their first preference. Let’s keep it that
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