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
The Conversation Australia had a recent piece on the differences between summative and formative assessments. I think it’s important for students and parents to understand the nature of assessment because if we understand what it is then we also understand why it is being used and in what context. Having said that, I believe there … More The tragedy of lost potential
If you’ve been following the musings on bluyonder, you’ll know I’m no fan of the traditional model of schooling. The reason is pretty simple – the structure as it stands drives the learning. Those who have worked in schools will know the timetable controls everything – who learns what, when and with whom. Often in … More Dare we disturb the universe?
This blog is more than a decade old and some 500 posts later it is easy to ask what’s the point of blogging? Prolific blogger Seth Godin explains it this way: Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more … More The educational blogosphere