Former teacher Gabbie Stroud has given a bleak assessment of Australia’s education system, suggesting it “must be getting close to rock bottom”.
She said NAPLAN and other forms of standardised testing were having their effects – but so was boredom – with children forced to write the same essays again and again.
“I think we’re seeing a time where education in Australia, we must be getting close to rock bottom, because I think there are teachers that are suffering, there are students that are suffering, and what you’re saying is just exactly that,” she said.
Gabbie Stroud spoke to Mia Freedman about her journey from dedicated teacher to a woman broken by the education system this week on No Filter.
Stroud, who was one of several teachers on the panel to discuss Australia’s education system, is not a fan of NAPLAN.
“What we’re seeing now are our students are disengaged, they’re disheartened. They’re not excited to come to school. They’re not enthused about their learning. And this is the effect that NAPLAN’s having.”