#vicvotes Weak News Watch: Herald Sun’s Underwhelming Education Exclusive
The Herald Sun in Melbourne appear to think that a survey of school principals that suggests that they are less than happy with the state of education is newsworthy. In fact, they think that the spectable of discontented headmasters is so startling as to warrant front-page treatment.
A survey of Victorian principals was so bad the Government swept it under the carpet for two years until it was leaked to the Herald Sun this week.
Parents are certain to be alarmed by the findings just three weeks from the state election.
In the 220-page report, principals complained of:
RED tape being a huge hurdle in teaching kids.
SCHOOLS crippled by a lack of resources.
UNDERSTAFFING being a major issue in more than half of schools and extreme stress affecting 42 per cent of principals.
A CHRONIC breakdown in Education Department decision-making and support for teachers.
PRINCIPALS being worn out by the pace of change forced by bureaucrats.
If this identical survey had been undertaken in any jurisdiction in the world, at any point in human history, the findings would have been no different.
A survey of school principals that found the opposite, on the other hand, would be stunning news. These are headlines worthy of a front-page:
Principals Thank Government for Adequate Support!
Headmasters Laud Manageable Stress Levels
School bosses love the pace of change