And you are planning to spend several years of your life studying at university?
And you are planning to take on a huge HECS Debt?
- because you want to be a teacher.
- in Queensland.
In Queensland -
You will probably have to spend many years doing day-to-day 'casual' work.
But you probably won't be paid during the school holidays.
To get a permanent teaching job in Queensland you will probably have to spend several years living and working in a remote community.
And you will always work in fear.
UNE research suggests that workplace bullying is 'rife' in Queensland schools.
If you are intelligent, you will be at particular risk -
Intelligent teachers are regarded as "academics' and 'troublemakers' in Queensland.
You may be driven into ill health and out of work.
A secret file of falsified 'records' concerning you can be produced at any time -
- especially if you try to deal with the problems at your school.
Because Queensland teachers who try to discuss professional issues may be attacked and driven out of work.
Many years ago I read "a teacher's story" on Brian Martin's website http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/documents/teacher.html .
This teacher's story really shocked me because it was so similar to my own, but it had happened five years before my own story had begun!
This teacher had tried to discuss a professional issue, a "Diminished Workplace Performance" attack had been launched on her - and she had been driven out of work!
What had been done to me was being done to other Queensland teachers!
It was "a process" - a lazy Queensland public service way of avoiding dealing with the problems in Queensland schools.
Read more about what happens to women who whistleblow - or even just try to deal with problems in their workplace : http://www.whistleblowingwomen.com/whatwehavelearned.htm
Listen to Cynthia Kardell talk about what happens to public servants who try to disclose corruption : http://www.frequency.com/video/cynthia-kardell/4567642 Cynthia describes a process of slow, insidious torment that is designed to shut you up and even to drive you mad.
Read this Advice for Whistleblowers.
"I don't think there is any doubt whistleblowers are being bullied. ...
This is a systemic problem ...
The agenda is about controlling the public relations rather than fixing the problems," says Queensland opposition education spokesman Dr Bruce Flegg.
Teachers bullied to hide problems in schools, Bruce Flegg, Member for Moggill : http://moggill.net/media-release/2728-teachers-bullied-to-hide-problems-in-schools.html
Teachers bullied to keep quiet on problem schools, AAP, 30 November, 2009 : http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/teachers-bullied-to-keep-quiet-on-problem-schools/story-e6frfku9-1225805396252
QLD : Teachers complain of bullying, Australian Teacher Magazine : http://www.ozteacher.com.au/html/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=441%3Aqld-teachers-complain-of-bullying&catid=24%3Aworkplace-issues&Itemid=1
Sharan Rai Photography www.sharanrai.com
Robina Cosser says : I was a Queensland teacher.
I taught Indonesian to several classes.
I tried to discuss the numbers of Grade 7 children who were missing from their classrooms, roaming about the school in unsupervised groups, disturbing the other classes.
I was worried about their safety.
I was worried about the disruption to the other classes.
I was worried because I could not teach properly when so many students were missing from the Grade 7 classrooms.
My career was destroyed.
And the immediate and only advice of the Queensland Teachers Union was to 'accept the things that cannot change' - because the Education Queensland Grievance process did not work and teachers who 'fought it' were driven to physical and mental breakdown.
In 2000, I could not believe this advice.
I believed in my principal, the Regional Director, the Department of Education, The Queensland Teachers Union and the Queensland Labor government.
I believed in my world.
But now, in 2012, when Queensland teachers tell me that they are being abused at work, I give them the same advice -
Accept the things you cannot change.
The official Queensland public service processes have been 'set up' to fail.
There is no hope of justice.
I believe the Queensland Labor government 1998 - 2012 were useless.
I believe that when Labor were in power in Queensland, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission were useless.
And the senior public service - the Director-Generals, the Deputy Director-Generals, the Heads of Government Departments, etc. were useless.
They were very charming.
They gave each other references.
They swapped jobs.
They were being paid lots and lots of taxpayers' money.
And they were useless.
But you can find out what Queensland teachers really think about their working conditions, because - The Teachers Are Blowing Their Whistles
Robina's publications -
Robina Cosser, The Waste in Our Schools, On Line Opinion, 27 November 2013.
Robina Cosser, So you're thinking of Blowing the Whistle?, p10-11, The Whistle No 75, July 2013
Robina Cosser, "Why Cameron Dick's workplace bullying reference group will fail Queensland teachers - again" The Sunshine Coast Daily, 1 August 2011, and the Bullied Academics website, 18 August 2011
Robina's submission to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee's review of the Crime and Misconduct and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 can be found by searching for 'Robina Cosser' at the TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER of the Queensland Parliament House website : http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/global/search/
Robina appeared in the Today Tonight program Teachers Marching Out Friday 26 February 2010.
Robina was interviewed on Mornings with Steve Austin : Unspoken truths of the teaching profession, Steve Austin, Rebecca Armstrong, 612 ABC Brisbane, 29 November 2013 : http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2013/11/unspoken-truths-of-the-teaching-profession.html
In August 2012, The Teachers Are Blowing their Whistles was selected by the State Library of Queensland for inclusion in the PANDORA Archive, Australia's archive of 'websites of lasting significance'.
Inclusion in the PANDORA Archive will enable public access to this website in perpetuity.
Our stories will live on.
Our children will know the true history of Queensland.
The dysfunction and b-st-rdisation in Queensland schools rarely becomes public.
Queensland schools are better than the Queensland Police at 'covering up'.
We need more whistleblowers in Queensland schools.
Davo of Cairns, Reader's comment 22 of 68, Staffroom turns into war zone as Indooroopilly State High School calls in mediators, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 26 November 2010.