Finnish educator, author and advisor Pasi Sahlberg was in Sydney recently to deliver our annual Ann D Clark lecture. There aren’t too many countries that haven’t been compared or aspire to the Finnish model of education. I don’t want to disappoint the publishers, pundits and policymakers but in his keynote, Pasi revealed some home truths … More #mythbusting Finnish education
A parent mentioned recently that their daughter’s primary school had a strong focus on gifted and talented students much to the exclusion of other students. As the parent explained, her daughter and the other ‘non-gifted’ students were miffed they didn’t have the same activities as the gifted and talented students. This reminds me of a … More Academically engineered schools
An interesting dichotomy exists in our society between how teachers are represented within traditional forms of media. Film/TV have typically depicted teachers as walking on holy ground having earned the respect and admiration of students particularly those on the margins. Think of To Sir with Love, Dead Poets Society or Goodbye Mr Chips. Then there are the … More The X-factor
The industrial model of schooling is characterised by its efficiency of processing children through the system en masse. That is why the model has been easy to replicate over the decades and why its processes and structures still dominate today. We have come to rely (almost blindly) on its efficiency at the expense of effectiveness … More The end of efficiency
I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2017 Edutech conference in Sydney recently. The conference is a ‘finger on the pulse’ on what is happening in schooling and the trends that are shaping the educational landscape. Interesting isn’t it that we live at a time where we have moved on from talking about trends … More What do mega-trends mean for schooling?
It seems almost everyone is aboard the STEM train and it has left the station. Governments have been extolling the virtues of STEM across K-12 schooling and the need for it to be taught in engaging and interesting ways. In my four decades of working in education, I’ve never seen an acronym like this that … More The STEM train
There’s an adage in sport that says ‘play the ball, not the man’. It means that despite opposing views, all sides should be mature enough to debate the issues rather than launch personal attacks. The recent debate over a new funding model and what it will mean for the Catholic education sector has seen a lot of … More Wisdom from the middle