Motions - Public Education
Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (11:51): I move:
That this house—
(a) recognises the importance of delivering a world-class public education system to South Australia's primary and secondary students;
(b) calls on the state government to set a minimum ATAR score for university entry into a Bachelor of Education; and
(c) congratulates all South Australian teachers on their commitment and professionalism to the students of South Australia.
As we all know, teachers have a profound influence during our childhood and teenage years, the formative years of our lives. They are responsible for inspiring, guiding and above all teaching us the skills that we need to survive and thrive in the real world.
As a student, you always remember the good teachers and you also remember the not so good teachers, but for different reasons. Students need teachers who are skilled, who inspire them and are driven themselves. A wise person once told me—and research has proven this—that the level of a student's academic ability will not surpass that of their teacher's in that given year. What that basically means is that if you have a poorly performing teacher, you are going to have a poorly performing student for that period of time.