Why investment in early education for all is fair play

The OECD says that in Australia, “disparities in student performance related to socio-economic status take root at an early age and widen throughout students’ lives”: even the youngest learners in our school communities are not getting a go.  Decades of research and examining best practice in classrooms have already shown us how to make our … More Why investment in early education for all is fair play

The autonomy argument

It is well documented that the success of Finland’s education system has been in part due to the autonomy granted to schools. The decision to trust teachers and the communities to make their own policy decisions has lead to increases in student achievement not to mention a rewarding working life for teachers. Autonomy needs to be understood … More The autonomy argument

Advice to our new PM

Two weeks ago, Professorial fellow and former Dean of Education, University of Melbourne Professor Brian J. Caldwell delivered our  annual Ann D Clark lecture.  It was timely for two reasons – Professor Caldwell and Jim Spinks’ book ‘The Self-Transforming School‘ is recently published and the book contains advice to our incoming federal government – stay … More Advice to our new PM

Can $50 billion improve US schools?

The US federal budget for K-12 schooling for the 2011 school year is approximately $US50 billion dollars.  This doesn’t include the expenditure of state governments who have prime responsibility for schooling. It’s no wonder there is vigorous debate here on the level of expenditure particularly with the release of Waiting for Superman. One thing is clear, no matter … More Can $50 billion improve US schools?