A Dying Profession?28 04 2010
Dr. Jensen, Deputy Chair of the House Standing Committee on Education, at the Inquiry committee hearing in Sydney yesterday, bluntly stated he sees us as a dying profession. That’s what the stats tell him.
The new manager for NSW School Libraries and Information Literacy unit was embarrassing in his ignorance. Poor Colleen Folley. There won’t be a unit for much longer under such “leadership.”
And the committee more or less implied that if parents aren’t concerned, why should they be? They were, however, well informed and sympathetic and insightful.
Where are the parent subs from Tasmania, Victoria, ACT, WA, NT where they don’t have TEACHER Librarians mandated, as in NSW? 5 weeks, including school holidays, was a bit quick for their submissions, but they certainly can still make their voices heard. In the media, with letters to local members, with letters to the House Committee and to Julia Gillard.
But do parents know the difference between a volunteer library lady and a TEACHER LIBRARIAN? Have you told yours?
In NSW it feels like we are at the barricades in fighting the federal government NPA agreements for funding which don’t preserve the staffing of TLs! Qld and SA are already losing the battle, with TLs increasingly being put in the classroom in high schools. A former NSWTF officer just told me it will happen here.
If TLs aren’t out there in front of Parliament House in Melbourne today and in Hobart on Friday with placards letting the public know TEACHER LIBRARIANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE, then public school TLs might as well close up the shop.
OR you can contact your local media now. They are on to the story. Tell them why we need TEACHER librarians.
You might want to listen to yesterday’s Canberra Drive program with Louise Maher interviewing GP.
I note no regional TL groups, nor the Vic teachers union nor parent groups are appearing at the Melbourne hearing today. And the Victorian Dept of Ed refused to appear.
That says a matzah.