The Chicken or the Egg? The Good Teacher or The Good Student? ​

The Chicken or the Egg? The Good Teacher or The Good Student?

Many industries are struggling to fill their job vacancies.  These include –

  • Trades
  • Information technology,
  • Digital skills,
  • Agriculture
  • Health care
  • Accommodation
  • Food services
  • Horticulture

Here we are only naming a few who are struggling to get trained staff.  It is estimated that there are currently over 470,000 unfilled job vacancies in Australia alone, with more being experienced worldwide.

This caused our Principal John Mason to reflect –

 

“Some industries can't fill the jobs they need to fill - Trades, I.T., Agriculture etc.

Not enough people have learned the right things. Solving the problem is not a simple matter of allocating more money to train more students.

For more training, you need more experienced, qualified teachers.

Those teachers come from those currently working in the industry, but we don't have enough capable people working in industries that teachers need to emerge from.

Without capable experts the quality of writing, teaching, media information is at risk.

High demand disciplines/industries can spiral down - misinformation can proliferate and it may take generations for this neglected situation to be put right.”

 

Chicken or Egg?

So, what comes first – the teacher or the student? This is a classic chicken and egg scenario. To get a good student to fill those job vacancies, you need them to have a good teacher. But to get a good teacher, you need a good student who is trained well and becomes a good teacher. 

The 2022-2023 Australian Federal Budget is estimated to have made cuts of $559 billion.  Funding for higher education will decrease by 8.3% and funding per university student will decrease by 5.4% this year, then 3.6% for the following two years.

Australia is not alone in these cuts to education.

In the UK, 90% of primary schools will experience a cut in funding within the next year. The government have approved 50% cuts in art and design degrees across the country. Further education and sixth forms (16 – 19 year olds) saw the biggest cuts in the decade to 2020 and more are expected. 

Other countries, such as America, are also cutting funding to education.

When we look at educational funding, often the first thing that is cut is teachers.

Cutting funding means less, high quality teachers. This means –

  • Less quality teaching to the students
  • Courses being cut or reduced
  • Less teaching time

Which in turns means that less students come out with the necessary skills and qualifications to do their jobs well, which means –

  • Unfilled job vacancies
  • A reduced potential pool of high quality and knowledgeable staff to become the teachers of the future

It is definitely a chicken and egg situation. 

Good students become good teachers who create good students of the future who create the good teachers of the future.

Solutions

We need good teachers and good students.

  • We need good teachers to teach good students.
  • We need good students to fill the job vacancies AND become the good teachers of the future.

But educational funding cuts reduce these opportunities.

How can we resolve this situation?

 

Alternative Education

Funding cuts relate to public educational funding. They do not relate to private education, such as boarding schools and private schools. Not many people can afford this, but there are other alternatives that are more affordable and convenient for other people and that comes in the form of elearning and online education.

Online and distance learning courses have been available for many years. The COVID-19 pandemic and improvements in information technology have led to more and more opportunities for people to study online or by distance learning. Read:  What is the future of education ?  

 

Is Online Education the Way Forward?

Is online education the way forward?

There are benefits to online education

  • People can earn while they learn. Students can continue in their existing job whilst training for a new job or promotion.
  • Online education is convenient. People can study where and where they want to.
  • Online education is often self-paced, so students can also study when they want to.

There are over 100 million people currently studying online courses or accessing online educational resources currently.

Some online courses are better than others.

The Tutors

When studying an online course, it is important to consider the quality of the tutors.

To go back to our earlier point, to get good students you need good teachers and to get good teachers, you need good students. It is a chicken and egg scenario, but we cannot go on forever asking the question of what comes first. At some point, one or the other has to come first. The good student or the good teacher.

There are many good teachers out there and it is important that students can access them.

With ACS Distance Education, for example, all of our tutors have to have –

  • three years of full time higher educational study (or equivalent)
  • plus five years of industry experience

You can see more information about our tutors here https://www.acs.edu.au/acs-faculty-members-10.aspx

 

Our tutors are all highly experienced, well qualified and passionate in their subject areas. They are good teachers.

 

Governments make decisions on spending cuts to public education.

Many countries of the world are experiencing a cost of living crisis.

There are thousands of job vacancies that are not filled with so many skills shortages in essential areas.  

 

If students want to

  • improve their knowledge
  • improve their job and career prospects
  • train for a new job
  • train for a promotion

Then they need to consider what alternatives are available to them. Online and distance education offers great potential for anyone who wishes to study and train.

 

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