Teacher is a powerful memoir by Gabbie Stroud detailing how the current education system is letting down children and parents, and breaking dedicated teachers – including herself. Inspired by her essay in the Griffith Review, it has been praised as an “achingly heartfelt personal reflection” by Noni Hazlehurst and “as important as anything I’ve ever read about education” by Jane Caro. Gabbie joins Nicole Mockler to discuss this brilliant and heartbreaking book that cuts to the heart of a vital matter for our nation.

Gabbie Stroud (Australian)

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Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. After many years working in primary schools, Gabbie made the painful decision to leave teaching. In 2016, her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51: Fixing The System and went on to be shortlisted for a Walkley Award. Teacher is Gabbie’s memoir, expanding on her essay and bringing readers into the reality of today’s challenging classrooms.

Nicole Mockler (Australian)

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Nicole Mockler is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Sydney. An ex-secondary History and English teacher and school leader, she researches how Australian teachers’ work is increasingly impacted and shaped by factors not of their making, often fuelled by the global education reform agenda. She is currently working on her 15th book, which traces media representations of teachers in the Australian print media from 1998 to 2018. Most of her best friends are teachers.