media representation of teachers

Is COVID-19 heralding a new way of the media representing teachers?

By Jane Wilkinson and Katrina MacDonald

The sport and politics of teacher bashing, and in particular teacher union bashing, has a long and inglorious history in the Australian media. Whether this is connected to an anti-intellectual bias in Australian society, the glorification of sport and the physical as opposed to the intellect, is unclear. However research suggests that mainstream media plays

The myth of teacher as superhero (and other bad messages) peddled by hit TV series

By Nisha Thapliyal and John Fischetti

It makes good cinema to put six bright and passionate teacher recruits into some of the most underserved schools and communities in Australia and follow them around. When the filming is by Screentime (think Underbelly crime drama series, Outback Coroner, Outback ER) it is no wonder the result is highly entertaining and heart-touching. But we