Em, 20, QLD

“I wish the government actually valued education in the ways that they claim to. As a young person studying to become a teacher, it is incredibly disheartening to see the stress that teachers and students are put under as a result of our education system.

I wish they translated this value into their long-time coming National Curriculum. As much as the National Curriculum is a great resource for primary and most secondary teachers and students, there is a massive gap in its structure for Senior students. It neglects any structure or goals for subjects outside of maths, English, and science, meaning that teachers and students who take any humanities or arts subjects have little to no help in ensuring that students can achieve highly in areas that our society doesn’t seem to value. Students should know that there is always a place for their interests and talents, and not providing curriculum in the National Curriculum for these subjects can be actively discouraging for both students and teachers who want to study in these areas.

University cut offs to study education are at a consistently low level across Australian universities, and it shows how little value our society and government place on the worth of good teachers. Then there are very little opportunities for these graduate teachers causing some graduates to be on contracts for the first 5 years of their post-uni life.

I want the government to acknowledge that my chosen career has value and holds importance, because for some students, their teachers are the trusted adult, nurturer of ideas and talent, and the ones who introduce new concepts to their students. Teachers have the job of preparing the next cohort of doctors, lawyers, engineers, writers, and stockbrokers for their chosen careers, yet our chosen career is looked down upon, when that important place in society should always be valued.”