In the UK, and I sense in the US and Australia, there is growing dissatisfaction among teachers regarding what governments and leaders are asking them to focus upon.
Much of this dissatisfaction stems from the managerial approach expected of them… they have the metrics – maximise the outputs from the given resources. This suggests that children’s education can be organised like a factory production line. Unfortunately children don’t come in standardised package so this approach is bound for expensive failure.
Meanwhile many of the G20 countries report increasing mental health issues among young people. (see previous post on OECD Children’s mental health report 2018) Whereas not all of these are related to the experience of learning in schools, it is within schools that the most fundamental opportunities to address such issues occur.
Mental health and wellbeing issues are not simply confined to students, with teachers reporting burn out due to workload and impossible demands being placed upon them.
All in all this represents a toxic mix in our education systems and explains the recruitment and retention crisis for teachers.
Ros Morrison McGill has done some forward thinking about issues that need to be addressed to bring learning back into balance in the UnitedKingdom. I think he makes a compelling case for reforms which are long overdue…