The current review of the NSW curriculum – what schools teach – aims to “ensure it equips students to contribute to Australian society in the 21st century.” It’s a welcome recognition that our education system no longer fulfils this purpose, but curriculum is only one piece of a bigger puzzle. In 1962, the Wyndham Scheme … More The curriculum is just one piece of the bigger puzzle
Schooling must undergo a massive shift from a bureaucracy that continues to promotes improvement and discourages risk-taking to micro-enterprises that are adaptive and in pursuit of ambitious targets for all learners. If you’re looking for some food for thought or discussion starters in the staffroom, I recommend Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini’s piece in the … More Imagination, experimentation and learning
Just as the industrial revolution ushered in a mass model of schooling, the digital revolution is forcing us to rethink schooling for today’s world. The biggest difference now is the rapid pace of change, which means the gap between school, society and technology is growing ever-wider. The call to radically transform schooling is being met … More What does educational transformation mean?
It may feel as if New South Wales has become the education review state of late. We have a review of the NSW curriculum and the one into the use of smart phones in schools. These reviews, while important, skirt around the core issues. What would happen if the time and energy invested into these … More What’s missing when it comes to educational policy?
Not long ago, the principal of a large independent school in Sydney penned a letter imploring his parent community to behave appropriately toward teachers. As more and more parents become educated about their child’s schooling, it raises an important question – who has the right or responsibility of challenging teacher practice? As a society, we … More Who should challenge teachers?
A recent report has called for the focus in education to be put “back on teaching, away from paperwork”. As someone who has spent four decades in education, I share the pain of pointless paperwork and meaningless marking. However, it’s important to set the record straight for what is often dismissed as “data”. The decisions we … More Teachers: don’t diss the data
If you’ve just moved to NSW and you have school aged children, you’d be impressed with the 2018-2019 state budget. In brief, a thousand public schools across the state will get air conditioning, $160 million will go towards school maintenance over the next twelve months and $6 billion over four years to build and upgrade … More The big educational spend