Underrating students’ capacity to learn

There is sufficient recognition that our current model of schooling underrates students’ ability to learn particularly those who sit outside of the bell curve. All too often the bar is too low or unrealistically high. Those who fail to meet the narrow measures are considered non-academic and thus, not bright. Yet outside in the real … More Underrating students’ capacity to learn

Why conservatism is failing students

I was interviewed for the Weekend Australia (23 September 2017) on a range of issues including the misuse of NAPLAN, the irrelevancy of the Higher School Certificate and the need for a more purposeful and personalised curriculum. Understandably, these views (which are not inconsistent with others championing educational change) were not given the thumbs up … More Why conservatism is failing students

Failure Week

There’s been quite a bit of media coverage on the decision by Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School to introduce ‘Failure Week’ as a way of normalising failure. The rationale behind this was a growing concern about student well-being and the negative impact ‘failure’ was having on students’ self-confidence and achievement. Former Labor leader Mark Latham referred … More Failure Week