Teaching the Public to Denigrate the Professional Training of Teachers


Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Chloe Baker reports:

“Aspiring teachers who can’t spell or count will no longer graduate, with a new national literacy and numeracy exam being introduced in Australia’s universities. . . . A pilot program will be introduced in August. Student teachers tested as part of the pilot will still graduate even if they flunk the exam. But as of next year, those who fail can expect to look for another vocation.”

More specifically: “Student teachers’ understanding of syntax, grammar and punctuation will be put to the test, with a sample exam paper including problems such as spotting sentences without errors. They will also be asked to find the percentage of funding remaining in an education budget and calculate a student’s marks.”

Baker quotes the following justification for the new tests offered by Education Minister Christopher Pyne:

“’For too long there have been public concerns about the variability in…

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