Teachers are the driving force in delivering education around the globe. They are leaders, they are learners, and they are at the forefront of building a better future.
JCU Education’s Associate Professor Helen Boon and Dr Tanya Doyle share their insights into the vital role that teachers play in our communities.
“Without teachers, we would have no other professions,” Helen says. “All essential activities are based on a teacher of some sort, whether that’s the teacher in a school, a teacher in a university a teacher in a workshop.
“Even in ancient times, teachers were instrumental in informing our beliefs, our philosophies, our skills. Teachers are essential to our progression as a civilisation.”
That social progression starts with the life-changing influence a teacher can have on just one student.
“Teachers invest in working towards learning progression for each student,” Tanya says. “Each student then has an opportunity to develop the sorts of skills and knowledge that they need to move forward in their life. That investment makes a profound difference in the lives of young people.”
Making a difference in one student’s life can make a difference in entire communities. Tanya says teachers work in partnership with families, connecting them to support networks to make sure students are supported to succeed. This promotes networks that are vital for learning, especially in communities that may experience social or economic disadvantages.
“Teachers develop literate and numerate citizens, people who have critical and creative thinking skills,” Tanya says. “That’s really important, given all the many complex problems that our world is already facing. Young people will need new knowledge and skills to face those challenges that are yet to come.”