Given the opposing views of this muddled debate, is there indeed a STEM skills shortage or surplus in the workforce? I would argue that the answer is 'yes' for both.
This essay is a discussion about two books, widely different in their story. Each was given to me by its author, a friend.
Life for most teachers isn't that great. Children are increasingly disrespectful. Playground duty in a hot or freezing playground is tedious. And these days few teachers can get a permanent job.
An education that must constantly demonstrate its relevance, usefulness (or functionality) is an education that is fundamentally not free.
Based on the evidence of the last decade the answer is 'Yes'. Australia cannot afford to continue to invest ever more money into a failing system.
My own journey at that school was that of a fast learning curve, and since that time I have learned that this is often the case for beginning teachers.
The best lesson I ever taught was where I said nothing.
The re-elected Turnbull Government has serious challenges in terms of implementing its school funding policies and little time to resolve them.
The program includes a 'role-playing game' for 12 year olds which includes students taking on the character of a bisexual who has had 15 sexual partners.
Evidence that gender, class and race compound each other, so that girls from wealthier Anglo-Australian homes do better than working-class Anglo-Australian boys.
So where do Independent schools get funding for capital works? The answer is, almost entirely from parents. They contribute close to 90 per cent of the cost.
However the total funding for private schools is about 45% more at $18,000 per student with $10,500 coming mainly from fees paid by parents and $7,500 from Governments.