If education is key to the future, teachers should be rock stars

If education is key to the future, teachers should be rock stars (video) - Digital 21 - Digital 21 | siliconrepublic.com - Ireland's Technology News Service

Lord David Puttnam, the ten times Academy Award winner and who has 26 BAFTAs and a Palm D’Or to his name made a very subtle but true point yesterday while visiting the Bridge 21 project at Trinity College. We should remember teachers are the executives charged with developing our nation’s future wealth and should be valued and rewarded as such.
Lord Puttnam was present yesterday at Bridge 21, a schools transformation joint venture between Trinity College Dublin and students from secondary Suas Educational Development.
The idea is to inspire teamwork with the creative use of technology and build an innovative educational model for 21st-century learning. Since the programme was born in 2007, more than 4,500 students from 30 schools have taken part in the project which inspires confidence, creativity, individuality and a desire for learning.
Addressing an audience of teachers, secondary students, policy makers and entrepreneurs Puttnam recalled his experiences while working with the UK Department of Education and said he was shocked when he saw the conditions most teachers in UK schools had to work in and how they were “slumming it” in barely adequate staffrooms.
He said teachers are the executives who are responsible for guiding a nation’s key economic engine and ought to be regarded as such. It’s a poignant thought when you think of highly qualified teachers in Ireland working out of prefab buildings.
[Make sure you watch the video, Lord Puttnam talks so much sense]
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