After watching a TV show on Australian national TV during which politicians were debating all kind of subjects, I feel quite upset. Australian politics are shaken by the soon election of a new Prime Minister. Education was of course one of the subjects discussed. As usual, a grumpy middle age white man pointed out that the youth is lost, damned, Satan worshippers and illiterate. The Coalition dude, (I’m French, I’ve been in Australia for only a few months and I’m having a hard time memorising who is who…anyway), started by blaming the teachers. According to him, the problem with the youth comes from the lack of ability for teachers’ hierarchy to take disciplinary measures on teachers. Everything comes from the bad teachers, the incompetent teachers who are not able to discipline their students, not able to teach them basic literacy and numeracy without the assistance of the parents, with less and less resources and more and more students per class. My experience as a teacher is strictly French, I haven’t been able to teach in Australia yet, but after 7 years of teaching under right wing presidency, I’ve seen our resources decrease, the number of students per class increase and the absence of the parents. I’ve often seen myself trying to contact parents, by writing to them, emailing them, texting them, leaving messages on their voicemail, sending smoke signals and pigeons, and I’m still waiting for them to get back at me. How a teacher is suppose to replace parents in the construction of a child ? How are we supposed to be psychologists, social workers, trying to actually teach something with less and less resources and less and less consideration ?