Maths Teacher Shortage
A national study, to be released today, reveals one in five maths teachers did not study maths beyond first year at university and one in 12 did no tertiary maths at all.
Half are teaching subjects other than maths at school and more than a third are aged over 50, raising the problem of an ageing workforce.
Mind you, I ain't going to help but I do wonder if I could be hired part time during my PhD as a "consultant". Additionally, the article points out:
The research highlights the fact almost every Australian student will do maths at some stage during their schooling.
And many fields - such as engineering, agriculture, economics, medicine and business - require a sophisticated understanding of maths and statistics.
My friend studying radiation therapy in Brisbane found that his fellow class mates found a couple of subjects easier since they had done Mathematics C in highschool. However, in QLD some schools teach you Group Theory - a subject that is only used in pure maths majors or higher-level applied maths or physics courses at uni. Victorians were quite surprised when I inform them of this. Then again, Queensland is the Smart State afterall.