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Interesting, isn't it, that politicians
always think they have something to
teach teachers. When she was Education
Minister, Julia Gillard said, 'We want
to be partners with teachers, improving
what they do.'
Now, as Prime Minister, she's
reminding me of my old headmistress
with her lecture on school uniforms
and the 'sense of discipline' they instil.
(If she starts getting around with a
ruler to measure skirt-length, like my
old HM, Miss Musty, I'm outta here.)
The current crop of Canberra front-
benchers have backgrounds, variously,
as lawyers, accou ntants, diplomats,
research assistants, union organisers
and business people. Some of them
have had the odd stint as an actor,
bouncer, musician, actress, journalist
and plant manager of a concrete fac-
None -- from my, admittedly, cur-
sory research -- has ever been a teacher
-- and, I'll wager, wouldn't want to
be, because teachers are never seen on
TV pontificating on every topic from
virginity, marriage, religion and nude
photographs to bad taste comedians.
They're mostly on current affairs shows
-- as the bad guys.
Politics is an ego game and, by its
very nature, teaching is the opposite: a
profession that is humbling on a daily
basis. Politicians might bang on about
their lofty aims for 'consensus,' but
teachers have to live with this idea as if
it's actually achievable. Hah!
The only politician I can imagine
would make a good teacher would be
the Speaker of the House. 'Sit down.
Shut up. Get out!'
How do you think our members of
parliament would get on, locked up
with their constituents all day long,
having them answer back every five
minutes, notjust once every four years?
Wayne Swan's maths class would be
'What do you get when you lower a
tax rate from 40 to 22.5 per cent and
apply it only on profits over $50 million
where return on capital exceeds 13 per
cent, instead of six per cent and apply
it to 320 companies, rather than 2,500?
'You get $1.5 billion less revenue.'
'Er, sir, that doesn't add up.'
'Be quiet or I'll send to you the head-
mistress. Now, moving forward.'
Perhaps Senator Steve Fielding
wouldn't be teaching English, as he
once spelt out 'fiscal' as f-i-s-k-a-l. He'd
be teaching creationism.
'This week's homework is to make
a diorama featuring humans riding
dinosaurs. Or you can make a model
THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT WANTS 'TO BE PARTNERS
WITH TEACHERS,' SO WHAT PEARLS OF WISDOM, WONDERS
WENDY HARMER, DO POLITICIANS HAVE TO OFFER?
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