"Just before events in Canberra began dominating the news, a new approach to how teachers are educated before they enter classrooms was taking shape in Melbourne.
Representatives of seven education systems from across the world formulated a commitment to reform teacher education.
This was not a normal gathering. A commitment was being made by groups that often sit on opposing sides of reform debates.
Their reasons for coming together are simple enough. First are the problems in our schools. Over the next couple of months about 17,000 new teachers will graduate from 400 teacher preparation courses across Australia. Every year, too many of them are underprepared and feel overwhelmed when they enter classrooms."
Read more from Ben Jensen and Danielle Toon's Inquirer article in The Australian on their website here.