14 May 2019

Why is teaching seen as a fall-back option?

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:20 pm on 14 May 2019

50,000 teachers will walk off the job at the end of the month after they rejected the Ministry of Education's latest pay offer. Teachers have said their jobs are harder then ever, as the non-teaching requirements have grown while their pay has remained stagnant.

However, a pair of Australian academics have argued in an article that the historically low social status of teaching has created a culture where it is seen as a fall-back option, which in turn, has lead to poor working conditions.

Jacquie Tinkler from Charles Sturt University in Australia is one of the authors and joins Jesse to explain her argument in detail. 

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