Tuesday, December 9

Can you see yourself in a leadership position in the future?

You may or may not know that teachers in Victoria a paid on a scale. This scale ranges from Graduate to Expert. Depending on the status of certain extra curricular positions there are added position types like Leading Teacher. Each year, teachers that have not reached the ceiling of this scale are required to complete a P&D Plan. The purpose of this document is widely advertised as a tool to check that teachers have developed their skills as professionals by setting goals that will improve student outcomes.

In Sir's humble opinion, the reality of this process, this time wasting document, is to act as a front for a more sinister purpose. The purpose being the insidious creep of the generic UK based secondary education system. 

For sure, Australia used to be the lucky country. For Monsantic corporations on the lookout for Engineering, Science and Mathematics tertiary graduates the poaching pickings are slim indeed. But do not be fooled. The intelligence of young people has not declined... in fact, it could be said that the capitalistic intelligence of generation Z is outstanding. Why go to University to study for at least three years, more realistically seven years, on the Melbourne Model, when you can make four times as much money after five years in the workforce by morphing into a tradie? 

I digress. This serious subject of educational decline will be addressed in much more depth at a later time. For now....

The P&D plan has highlighted the relevance of certain things to Sir. Teaching is good, rewarding, and hard work, certainly. But also, as a Science teacher Sir gets to be a real geek. Titration, Filtration, Saturation. All joyous things in a dark time of year. Let your life be lit up by Luminol.

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