So now the Federal Australian Government proposes to subject trainee teachers to “emotional intelligence” assessments before they are allowed into a classroom. This smacks of an intention to intrude political vetting of teachers. The only test should be based on academic performance, the ability to impart knowledge to students across the natural distribution of student capabilities and accepted standards of a fit & proper person.
Our academic institutions need to resolutely resist this initiative lest the basis of our very democracy be undermined!
So too ought the respective State Governments fend off this Commonwealth power grab. One of the advantages of letting the States manage educational standards is that of diversity and that individual states can pioneer initiatives without Australia having all of its eggs in the one basket. Overall, a number of models are likely to give the nation the most robust ability to respond to whatever needs the future throws at us – much as diversity in individuals across a population makes that population more likely to respond to and survive whatever evolutionary pressures nature presents