Teachers don’t have to be smart as long as they’re enthusiastic, says Australian School Education Minister Peter Garrett.
“It is not necessarily a fact that someone who is academically smart makes a better teacher than someone who isn’t,” Mr Garrett told reporters in Canberra.
“I don’t think education should necessarily be the province of the particularly smart or gifted.”
New South Wales plans to raise professional standards and make it easier to fire underperforming teachers. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said university entrance scores for people studying teaching were sometimes too low. He wants teacher training schools to “limit training places as a way of combating the national oversupply of new teachers due partly to the federal government’s decision to deregulate university places.”
Via PJ Tatler.