The NSW SPC believes Education Week 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of public schools and challenge the growing political rhetoric which suggests Australian schools are failing students. NSW SPC
President, Chris Presland, said Education Week highlights the contribution public education makes to Australian society:
“The theme for Education Week 2018 is “Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world” and this reflects the broader role public schools play in fostering an applied learning environment where students are encouraged to become lifelong learners and develop the capabilities required to embrace the challenges of 21st century life. NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world.”
“We also need to see education as being much more than just NAPLAN test scores and PISA rankings. Education Week is an occasion to celebrate the evolution of the classroom and I believe NSW public schools are leading the way in equipping students with the problem solving, creativity and communication skills to adapt to new technology and innovative practices. By grounding education in real world opportunities, NSW public schools are producing students with highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills ready to take their place as successful and engaged global citizens.”
Mr. Presland suggested Education Week was also an opportunity for the broader community to gain a greater insight into the extraordinary achievements of teachers and students across the state.
“Our public schools are places of promise, creativity and excitement. This kind of environment doesn’t happen by chance. It is the product of highly skilled teachers engaged in an extremely complex profession. Education week is a timely reminder that as a community we need to stand up and challenge political rhetoric which sensationalises our education system as in crisis. The NSW public school system is one of the best education systems in the world and this should be celebrated and recognised by our politicians, our community and the media. Education Week is a celebration of everything NSW public schools achieve in creating innovative and quality learning environments for all students.”