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Inside Teaching : October 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com 20 QUESTIONS 41 mature partnership that makes sense: music specialisation with a symphony orchestra; drama with the Royal Shakespeare Company; sport with a local football or athletic club. Should a hard-working, dedicated teacher worry about the changes ahead in Australian schools? I’m not sure that ‘worry’ is the right word; ‘be challenged’ is better. My answer is that there will be continuous changes in the years ahead. The traditional school is being transformed. The challenge teachers face is to work in changing situations. There are lots of things presently forcing schools in one direction, such as national testing. I’m not opposed to national testing, but the focus shouldn’t be on learning to pass tests. Entering the new workforce requires new ways of learning in a 21st-century framework. I don’t think teachers need to be scared about the future. It’s daunting but exciting to think that children entering primary school this year will still be working in 2070. We have to shape attitudes and abilities to work in new settings, and we don’t know what those settings will be like in 20 years, let alone 50. Professor Brian Caldwell, can I get back to you in 2070 for a progress report? (LAUGHS) Well, I’m only thinking of next year at the moment. Thank you very much. ■ David Rish is an award-winning writer for children and a regular contributor to Inside Teaching. * Okay, okay, if you counted the questions you’d know there are fewer than 20. Image by Gregory Myer. I’M NOT OPPOSED TO NATIONAL TESTING, BUT THE FOCUS SHOULDN’T BE ON LEARNING TO PASS TESTS. ENTERING THE NEW WORKFORCE REQUIRES NEW WAYS OF LEARNING IN A 21ST-CENTURY FRAMEWORK.