Last month, I wrote an angry article airing my frustrations about the education system. As a life and mindset coach and a glass-half-full kinda gal, this was very out of character for me.
I’m sure that teachers and principals all over Australia will understand; we all have our own methods for processing our frustrations.
Some of us cry into our whiteboard, some lash out at unsuspecting husbands, some smash a packet of Tim Tams before recess, and some pursue a love affair with Shiraz and brain-numbing Netflix.
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Personally, I turn to my laptop and write. With Shiraz and Tim Tams.
Jokes aside, something is seriously wrong.
To write an angry article is one thing, but to follow it up with a heartbroken plea is alarming. As I said, I pride myself on being an optimist, but my glass-half-full attitude has officially been shattered. When it comes to my sentiment toward the education system, my glass is dry as a bone and there is no sign of refill any time soon.
Over the past few weeks, my inbox has been flooded with messages from teachers, principals and parents all over Australia who tell me the same thing: the situation is dire. I would be lying if I said I haven’t felt a pang of familiar sadness every single time I receive another message with some iteration of 'I just want to teach' and 'I don’t want to let my students down, but I can’t go on like this.'
Now, I want to make this abundantly clear (teacher voice on): I truly searched for a positive insight and perspective to share on this matter. In fact, I kind of cringed when writing the headline for this article and tried my hardest to avoid such... dramatic language.