I’m trying to avoid cliches as we begin another school year but I do believe there is a greater willingness in schools to listen to the voice of learners. We are by no means where we need to be but I am buoyed when I visit schools to see students as ‘teachers’ – discussing their … More Voices of learning
We’ve sent humans to the moon, scaled the highest mountains on the planet and developed 3D printers – all giant steps in human endeavour. Yet I believe the one area where we struggle to make the greatest leap forward is schooling. As an educator, I am flabbergasted when I re-read the likes of John Dewey … More A giant step forward for schools
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
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?
Despite the increasing democratisation of information arising from access to the internet, the tightly-controlled mainstream media continues to fuel a narrow view of the world professing the need for education to return to the good old days. Isn’t it bad enough that we have climate change deniers in the face of mounting scientific evidence; but … More A seismic shift
According to Yong Zhao one of the biggest flaws of PISA is that it “directs the world’s attention to the past instead of pointing to the future.” Yet education systems and policy makers rely on international assessments such as PISA to gauge student performance in maths, science and reading. In World Class Learners, Zhao admits … More The speed of things
Some interesting articles in the weekend papers calling for the teaching of martial arts and alcohol education in schools to address the issues of bullying and binge-drinking. It seems that whenever there is a need to change behaviours or address attitudes we look to the curriculum. Is this the role of a curriculum? Is it the … More Crowding the curriculum