Schoolteachers in NSW went on strike today, and this article does a fantastic job laying out why. The reasons – gross levels of overwork, job insecurity, the underfunding of public schools, pay rates not keeping pace with escalating housing costs, etc. – pretty much all exist in Victoria as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we too are seeing more teachers leave the profession every year than new people coming in. I mean at the end of this year I’ll be one of them 😛
Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.