Home' Teacher : October 2009 Contents EDITORIAL
Of all the varia nces that may make a
difference to student achievement, the
greatest source of va riance is the
teacher. Put simply, good teachers ena-
ble good lea rning. Here at Teacher,
we're sure that you already knew this
-- after all, that's why you're reading this
magazine. On 30 October it's World
Teachers' Day, and we want to honour
you and your colleagues for your work.
We're sure you'll be glad to accept the
acknowledgement by students, parents
and community members of your work
as a teacher, and glad to acknowledge
the work of your colleagues.
As debate about national league tables
continues, the argy-bargy Prime Minis-
ter Kevin Rudd said at the National
Press Club in August last year that we
have to have is getting, well, argier and
ba rgier. In these pages, Ken Boston nails
his colours to the mast, explaining why
he supports national testing, but not the
use of test results for purposes for which
they are not fit. Boston, who was most
recently the chief executive of the Qual-
ifications and Curriculum Authority in
England, and Director General of Edu-
cation in New South Wales before that,
spoke on the publication of nationally
comparable school performance data at
forums hosted by the Australian Pri-
mary Principals' Association in Sydney,
Adelaide and Melbourne in August.
Also in these pages, John Nelson
observes that the issue is not whether
there will be national disclosure of
achievement data, but what sort of data
might be more relevant. T
The School Resources Expo listed in the
September edition of the Diary was
incorrectly dated 12-13 May, 2010. The
correct dates are 12-13 March, 2010.
4 TEACHER OCTOBER 2009
Percentage of males participating in full-
time paid work five years after graduat-
ing: 84 per cent.
Percentage of females: 69 per cent.
Salary range for the middle 50 per cent of
graduates five years after graduation:
$47,726 to $78,000 a year.
Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate
of average earnings for all workers:
Difference between earnings of male and
female graduates five years after gradu-
ation: about $7,800 a year.
Percentage of education graduates in full-
time paid work in both the first and
fifth year after graduation: 90 per cent.
Percentage of science graduates in full-
time paid work in the first and fifth
year after graduation: 67 per cent and
85 per cent respectively.
Percentage of education graduates under-
taking further study the first year after
graduation: 21 per cent.
Source: Coates, C. & Edwards, D. (2009). 2008
Gradu ate Pathways Survey: Graduates' educ ation
and employment outcomes five years after comple-
tion of a bachelor degree at an Australian university
-- ACER report for DEEWR.
1. Where is 'The Big Dig'?
2. In what year did the eruption of
Mount Vesuvius destroy Pompeii?
3. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, speaking
at the National Press Club last year,
said, 'The argy-bargy on this is going
to be significant with the states.' What
was he talking about?
4. When will ABC Television screen The
Genius of Charles Darwin?
5. Who said it's vital that music is
included in the national curriculum?
6. According to Dan Riley, Deirdre
Duncan and John Edwards's Staff
Bullying in Australian Schools survey,
how many teachers have been bullied
in the workplace?
7. As a teacher, should you give your
students access to your Facebook
8. Who said the 'guide by the side'
versus the 'sage on the stage' is a false
9. What makes highly-trained teachers
break into a cold sweat in parent-
10. When is World Teachers' Day?
Answers: 1. between Cumberland and Gloucester Streets in The Rocks, Sydney; 2. AD79; 3. nationally consistent information about
school results, workforce, financial resources and student population -- aka league tables; 4. never, according to Parker Bourke, from
ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs, although the ABC Shop stocks it; 5. Ambassador for Musica Viva In Schools, tenor, composer
and famous all-round good guy, David Hobson; 6. 99.6 per cent; 7. no, according to Glen Seidel, and, what's more, you need to
accept that students aren't your friends and you are not theirs; 8. Stephen Dinham; 9. parents who are also teachers; 10. 30 October.
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