Education beats crime every day

I know I’ve mentioned it before on my blog (Not a good weekWednesday 11/5/16, and this BuzzFeed interview) but I thought I’d share my latest foray into speaking out about this very important issue.  I was interviewed by a local TV station during the week and I don’t know about you but I really don’t like watching or hearing myself. Despite my insecurities I’m quite proud of my efforts.

Interview on prime TV

What’s it all about? The NSW State Government have announced that education provision in the state’s correctional centres will be put out to tender (except in 4 centres that have specialised Education units).  Approximately 150 qualified educators will be replaced  with clerks positions, which will not require any education qualifications. These clerk positions will be a reduction by about half of all current education staff.  The current staff will have to apply for these clerk positions which will be at a lower pay rate and with reduced conditions. If they don’t get one of these roles they will need to find work with other education providers in their area or wait for a possible redundancy payout.

What are the issues?

  • Qualified teachers currently employed will be out of a job by early 2017. We are a small group but there will be job losses for approximately 150 teachers.
  • Education provision will not be delivered by the specialist, expert teachers that have years of experience in dealing with this vulnerable, and often challenging, cohort of students.
  • Education staff will be replaced by clerks.
  • Literacy, numeracy and vocational education skills are vital for inmates to learn new skills, gain qualifications and help them with gaining meaningful employment, not to mention leading useful lives, after gaol.
  • The majority of inmates will be released back into communities and most need all the help they can get in order to stay out.

My thoughts:

  • Our qualified, experienced, holistic approach to inmates and their education needs will be removed to be replaced by statistical completions from private providers who don’t know the system, the inmates and the many intricate challenges.
  • Why are we allowing a disenfranchised cohort, the most damaged by our systems and educational experiences to be deemed less deserving of a good, well-rounded education?
  • Public education help rebuilds inmate’s lives so that they make better neighbours when they are released.
  • I have an amazing dedicated professional team, like many other centres, so how can their replacement by an inferior service be economical in the quest for reducing recidivism?
  • We are all feeling a variety of emotions – insulted, devastated, depressed, unvalued, sold out, hurt, angry….
  • Currently we work with staff to provide worthwhile, useful and meaningful courses to help with work onsite and provide relevant qualifications for release plans.  For the Minister to say that the current system lacks a ‘job skills focus’ is just so wrong and shows his total lack of knowledge of what is actually happening.  There has been a lot of inaccurate information put out about this and it really annoys me.

As I’m the local union representative I will continue to speak out and share my thoughts.  I don’t hold out much hope of things changing, but at least I can try and lend my voice. You can share your voice too by sending a letter to the Minister.

Letter to Minister (currently the letter is being updated by NSW Teachers Federation so I have removed the link and will update it when it’s back up). Sorry for any inconvenience.

It helps me get my thoughts together when I write about it, so thanks again for reading and for all the support you’ve given me to date.



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  One thought on “Education beats crime every day

  1. June 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    It’s such a ridiculous situation. There isn’t much I can add to your brilliantly worded post other than to send positive thoughts your way and know that, as a fellow teacher, I know exactly the difference you and your colleagues are currently making to the lives not only of those you teach but of all they will interact with in the future.

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot that others understand the enormity of what is happening. Teachers usually get it very quickly! I appreciate your comments.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. June 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Sorry for your circumstances. I think you did well on camera. (Plus, it was interesting for me to hear your voice!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Haha! I hadn’t thought of that being a consequence of posting the interview. It must sound very Australian to you. Thanks for your support.

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 2, 2016 at 8:15 am

        Yes! I love your accent which is very different from mine!

        Liked by 1 person

        • June 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

          I bet it is! We often read things and hear the ‘voice’ of the writer but their real voice is very different. I love accents. Thanks for being nice about move.

          Liked by 1 person

          • June 4, 2016 at 11:40 pm

            You would laugh at my attempt at an Australian accent but it’s fun to try!

            Liked by 1 person

  3. June 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    You did well on the interview Deb. I’m totally behind you and have signed the letter as well. It’s so wrong on so many levels. I wish you all the best.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Miriam! I’ll move on soon but it’s just so fresh at the moment I can’t seem to move past it. I’m hoping that by writing and sharing this post might be the turning point.

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

        I can understand that Debbie. Do whatever it takes to help you move on, it’s a big deal.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. June 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Total Madness. Well done to your continued efforts. Is your federal seat marginal?

    I have posted on FB and tagged some friends that really get it. I would tag more but I get told if i tag too many people.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Louise. Your efforts are much appreciated. We are in a marginal seat and even though this is a state issue we will be taking it out on the federal level.


      • June 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm

        Yes you might be very surprised with what happens. I hope so. Ooh I just thought of a friend in NSW I should tag…

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Kim
    June 3, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Pathetic these state (and federal) decisions being made — attacking the professionalism of educators is not a pretty sight is it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

      You are right Kim it is a definite attack on the professionalism of teachers and a dumbing down of educators. They care more about money than anything else. Thanks for your comment.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kim
        June 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

        I’ll always support our educators, health workers and so many others feeling the pinch from the govt.

        Liked by 1 person

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