On Tuesday evening I was in Canberra for the ACT Public Education Showcase Series 2007 . The ACT Department of Education hosts these forums on a range of issues relating to the provision of schooling in today’s world. My specific topic was “the built environment” but as usual I spent most of the hour discussing learning in a knowledge age. It was a great experience and engendered some good discussion and reflections from the floor.
ACT DET should be congratulated for staging these forums for the general public. They are serious about improving public sector schooling across the spectrum. Key to doing this is the engagement of community in the discussion. It seems to me to be a good way to inform and obtain feedback at the same time. Too often education administrators ignore these sorts of opportunities.