Teachers Quitting NSW Public Schools

I came across this article this morning on SMH.com. It’s about the alarming rates of resignation from new teachers in NSW schools (those from graduation to within five years of work). Given the batch of soon-to-be retired teachers from public schools, this is becoming an enormous problem for our state education department.

It got me thinking: what if every Christian teacher who graduated decided to go into public schools and stayed there for the sake of the gospel? What if Christian high schoolers decided to go into university to study teaching for this very reason? Would we, within 10 years, see a shift in the make-up of staff in public schools in NSW so that a good percentage (maybe even 50%) would be Christians? Wouldn’t we also see the order and rhythm and blessing of Kingdom lifestyle overflow to benefit the schools (even the very under-resourced struggling schools) of which they are a part?

It seems to me that this is what Kingdom living is all about – being like invisible yeast working in dough, seeing the Kingdom grow and our city blessed by our involvement in it.

What are your thoughts? Are there any other spheres of influence that are ripe for God’s people to make a concerted effort to be a part of in order to see Jesus honoured and our city blessed?


About Pete

I am a child of God, a husband, a father of four children, a pastor, and a church planter. I live in Sydney Australia and live to see Jesus made famous in this city and be the only God people worship.

Posted on May 16, 2009, in The city and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Food for thought indeed and I’m thinking also from looking at the 200+ people studying education with me by distance education, I’d say that at least 70% of them are mums.
    So what if Christian mum’s returning to the workforce saw the opportunity to change to teaching as a career? There is a change in the family background situations in public schools especially in the western suburbs where teachers are seeing more and more children from broken families, foster homes and other untraditional situations and diverse cultures. The positive influence of a nuturing Christian teacher who also has parenting skills, could see God’s love flow not only to the school environment but maybe to the parents, families and staff.

  2. i’m one of those teachers!!

    great idea of getting more Christians into public schools.

  3. Scary prospect i must say. Trying to get in to a secular system which legally can not promote religion. If people want heir children educated at a religious school they have the chocie of sending their kids to a private catholic/christian/islmaic school. To deny people this choice because you think they are better off with your religion is a bit on the sly side.

  4. This is utterly ridiculous. Children are not at school to be indoctrinated with archaic belief systems. They are to be given a rich and diverse and ETHICAL education which does not rely on any one religion for its bases. One does not require religion to be ethical. A study of most faiths especially those that make up the wider Australian community could be beneficial especially to illuminate the conflict spawned by forcing one belief system on impressionable people. The church needs to back off and realise that society is moving on to greater plane of thinking.

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