STEM Specialists in the Primary Classroom: No, thanks.

An interesting perspective!

Hypothetical Thinking

I am experiencing a strong sense of déjà vu. According to a leading article in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has decided to “push” specialist maths and science teachers into NSW primary classrooms because the state’s results in NAPLAN have “plummeted.”

He suggests that declining enrolment in higher level maths (senior secondary and tertiary maths subjects) are the result of primary teachers failing to instil a love of those subjects in the primary years. Once again, we have a politician with a deficit view of primary school teachers, and using that view to justify policy, because the two premises just don’t follow.

The major benefit of a primary education is that it is general

One of the great strengths of a primary education, available to all primary teachers, is the opportunity to integrate content across subjects, and be flexible with when, where, and how to teach…

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