About a year ago, Andy Kieswetter started a Facebook page called Teachers for Real Change to help teachers speak out about daily frustrations they experience in the profession and together try to seek solutions to those problems.
Kieswetter says the page grew by leaps and bounce, with teachers from all over joining in, to give voice to the different challenges they face.
The membership of the page has reached 2500, with more than 50 requests to join the page daily, he says.
It was never intended to become a movement, but over time it became evident that the frustrations are widespread. There is nothing more unifying than having the same goal and the frustrations...— Andy Kieswetter, professional educator and parent
We are saying that education mustn't change, but the system is broken and it needs to be replaced.— Andy Kieswetter, professional educator and parent
We can no longer stand by and be an accomplice of a system that condemns our youth to a future with a little promise.— Andy Kieswetter, professional educator and parent
He outlines a number of challenges that teachers are facing on a daily basis.
Kieswetter says the curriculum is bloated, content heavy, and leaves no time to develop cognitive skills - and that needs to change.
He says there is poor discipline, coupled with large numbers in classrooms which is disruptive and prevents quality teaching.
To hear more of this conversation and how teachers can rally together to deal with their frustrations, listen below: