Pushing back against established norms and conventional notions of best practice is an exhausting exercise, but a handful of educators and outsiders are up for the fight.
We’ve put together a small selection of the individuals trying to forge a new path in education.
5. John Marsden – author, teacher, school principal
“[I had] an awareness that if something’s as broken and dysfunctional as they were, then you need to do a major overhaul. You can’t just fiddle with the fine details.”
4. Chris Sarra – Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP), former principal
“So it’s about flushing out those teachers who are just kind of content with teaching to the middle and leaving too many kids at the margins; the Stronger Smarter approach doesn’t leave anybody at the margins, it’s about taking everybody with us on the journey.”
3. Anna Kessel – journalist, author
“Being told that there’s a section of the world that you cannot access because of your physical body, something that you can never really change, I think is just fundamentally damaging to women’s and girls’ aspirations and ambitions.”
2. Greg Cudmore – columnist, former teacher
“No-one is denying the importance of challenging students to excel academically. However, if that is all a school can offer, they are severely short-changing their students. Schools are then no more than academic factories classifying and ranking students for university places.”
1. Peter Hutton – former principal, director of Future Schools Alliance
“We are in times of exponential change and in spite of the fear mongering, we can feel the need for a new solution that genuinely prepares students for the future.”