11 June 2019

Festival of Open Minds Podcast - author and teacher Gabbie Stroud

| Ian Campbell
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Photos by Chris Sheedy, Reflex.

Photos by Chris Sheedy, Reflex.

Gabbie Stroud and her powerful and moving memoir ‘Teacher’ has captured Australia’s attention and is part of the current news cycle.

In 2014, Gabbie was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience but she was forced to walk away from her calling by frustration and despair.

Her ground-breaking essay ‘Teaching Australia’ in the February 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world.

In her powerful memoir ‘Teacher’, Gabbie tells the full story; how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her.

Gabbie has just signed on to do her next book, called, “A Letter to the Parents of Australia”

In talking about the new book, Gabbie says, “For too long the voices of parents and students have been absent from the conversation around education.”

“This book will help parents find their voice and give them the permission to use it.”

Gabbie will also be part of the Q&A panel on ABC TV on Monday, October 8. Her voice will be heard amongst internet sensation and maths teacher Eddie Woo, Finnish educator, author and scholar Pasi Sahlberg, and Council of International Schools researcher Jennifer Buckingham.

At the Festival of Open Minds, Gabbie reminded us that children naturally have an ‘open mind’ and that as adults, we would prosper by following their example.

Hit play on the AudioBoom player to listen in…

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.

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justin heywood11:10 am 08 Oct 18

This sounds good. As we have now fallen behind Kazakstan in standards of education, it’s about time some sane heads began to ask what we are doing wrong.

Young people do indeed have ‘Open Minds’ – and thus an opportunity for social warriors of various stripes to fill their minds with what ‘they’ feel is important, not what the students or society needs. This applies right through our education system up to tertiary level.

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