The furious debate about education and the Gonski report is missing what I believe is not only an important gap in our education system but is a root cause of Australia falling behind other nations.
Somehow, many decades ago, our education administrators in most states decided to substantially downgrade the education of teachers in the actual art and skill of teaching. Teachers were given a much broader education, which was important, but when many hit the classroom they were ill prepared to handle the problems they often encountered. Many, in time, learned good teaching skills while others left the teaching profession frustrated. Others never really made it.