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
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
Much of the discussion at the recent uLead conference was on how we lead schools in today’s world. As you can imagine, there was a smorgasbord of opinions that yielded interesting discussion and important insights. The benefit of attending such conferences is that it often provokes and stimulates your own thinking as was the case when … More The predispositions of school leadership
Society is awash with data and so are schools and school systems. The good news is most of this data is available electronically. The gap in terms of our use of data in schools is we have never had an overarching framework which brings structure, clarity and flow to the analysis. While we may have … More Looking at educational data through a sharper lens
I was having a conversation recently about why schools are still largely stuck in an industrial model. It prompted me to look for a book that I haven’t visited in a while but has been seminal in my thinking. ‘Education in the cult of efficiency’ by Raymond E. Callahan may have been published in 1962 … More Education and the cult of efficiency
Yes, you heard it right. The Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham and NSW Premier, Gladys Berejikilian have suggested that schools lock up phones until the end of the school day to prevent students’ from being distracted. Naturally the comments generated a lot of debate on radio particularly among frustrated parents and teachers. I understand their frustration. … More Technology isn’t the problem