Australian parents would be horrified at the comments today by the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett that teachers don’t need to be “academically smart or gifted”.
“Responding to calls to improve teacher quality by suggesting teachers can just be mediocre isn’t the sort of thing you want to hear from the Federal Minister in charge of schools,” said Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education.
“Mr Garrett has dropped an extraordinary clanger and made an insulting reflection on all teachers, obviously in a ham-fisted attempt to win over the teacher unions,” Mr Pyne said.
“The Coalition will strive in Government to improve teacher quality and training, as we recognise it is the number one factor to improve student outcomes,” he said.
July 31, 2012