Why conservatism is failing students

I was interviewed for the Weekend Australia (23 September 2017) on a range of issues including the misuse of NAPLAN, the irrelevancy of the Higher School Certificate and the need for a more purposeful and personalised curriculum. Understandably, these views (which are not inconsistent with others championing educational change) were not given the thumbs up … More Why conservatism is failing students

The STEM train

It seems almost everyone is aboard the STEM train and it has left the station. Governments have been extolling the virtues of STEM across K-12 schooling and the need for it to be taught in engaging and interesting ways. In my four decades of working in education, I’ve never seen an acronym like this that … More The STEM train

Cracking the code

Last week in his address to the National Press Club, the Prime Minister made brief mention that increased funding to schools hasn’t delivered improved educational outcomes. In the context of Australia’s slipping international rankings in Maths, Science and Reading, the Federal Government wants the biggest bang for the least amount of bucks. One of the specific … More Cracking the code

The evolution of schooling

I was interested to read a recent report that Singapore schools will ease their focus on exam results in order to foster teacher/student innovation and creativity. Singapore’s authorities have recognised that blitzing school exams may reflect a good technical understanding but it doesn’t guarantee a creative or innovative mindset – a key ingredient in the knowledge economy. Although Singapore has been at the top … More The evolution of schooling

Should international league tables drive education policy?

Last week it was TIMSS. This week it’s PISA. Report cards on the performance of education systems are everywhere right now. The PISA results released today (PISA is the Program for International Assessment) tell as similar story to the TIMSS report last week: that Australian students are not performing as well as hoped for in … More Should international league tables drive education policy?