SMH June 23, 2022 by Jenny Gore and Nicole Mockler

The root cause of underperformance in our school system is the inequity in our communities. Given the challenges faced by teachers in some schools, their efforts may already be heroic. Our research shows we need to foreground that teaching is intellectually challenging and rewarding work to attract teachers to our schools. And we need to honour the complexity of teaching and provide proper recognition and meaningful support to keep teachers going…

…Teacher shortages won’t be fixed by the premier’s suggestion of performance pay for teachers. What measure of performance will be used? If it’s a measure of student performance, teachers in advantaged areas will benefit (yet again) and if it’s a measure of student growth, some teachers in disadvantaged schools may benefit.

Read the opinion piece here