The New Zealand Initiative have produced an interesting education policy report. Normally I’d pass something like this along with hardly any comment, but this report requires a little rant.
Already a lot of graduate teachers cannot find a teaching job with their bachelor’s in education and maybe the subject degree they studied.
This means that they have failed to earn a return on investment for 3-4 years of foregone wages, 3-4 years of living expenses and 3-4 years of whatever tuition costs they’ve put on their student loan / had their parents pay for / pay for themselves.
So, already, that bachelor’s degree “isn’t enough”. But why should you force people to get a master’s degree, double down on a bad investment and spend even more money keeping academics in their union protected lifestyles?
Requiring a master’s degree is ridiculous. If you can’t educate someone to the level needed to teach effectively in 3-4 years, and you want another 2 years, how bloody effective is your pedagogy aka the whole reason you need to go to teacher’s college? What a joke. It’s not surprising that work experience matters so much these days and that self-learning makes you more capable of identifying when people in the education sector are really taking the mickey.