Teachers & ES Alliance

Class sizes Matter

Article by Mary Merkenich, AEU State councilor and member of Teachers & ES Alliance.

Abridged version published in Green Left Weekly 4 May 2013.

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Adam Creighton asserts, in an article he wrote (April 20th, 2013) in the Australian, that “Teachers unions in Australia and worldwide have been astonishingly successful at hoodwinking the public into thinking smaller classes matter.” As a teacher with over 30 years’ teaching experience and a member of the Australian Education Union, articles such as these trouble and irritate me.

They trouble me because I know they belong to a conviction that financial considerations are more important than human needs. They irritate me because they display ignorance about what it is really like to be a teacher in front of a class.

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