Seymour Papert was one of the great (educational) thinkers and visionaries of the modern age. A mathematician, computer scientist and educator, he was a founding member of MIT’s renowned Media Lab. As MIT’s President said following Papert’s death last year, ‘Seymour..helped revolutionize at least three fields, from the study of how children make sense of the … More Projects with a purpose
You may be old enough to remember when Pepsi launched a campaign in the 1980s claiming that its cola was ‘the choice of a new generation’. In the context of education, it seems obvious that ‘choice’ should be synonymous with a new generation of schooling. Choice marks a shift in the ownership of learning. In the … More Choice and the new generation
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
At the start of each school year, our school leadership teams gather to reflect on the work and remind ourselves of our why. A key focus for our system leaders this year is school attendance. We need every student showing up every day in order for them to receive a quality and relevant educational experience. We often … More Creating citizen scholars
We’ve just survived two weeks of a media and political storm over the release of TIMSS and PISA results. We’ve heard loud and clear that Australia is falling behind OECD nations like Singapore, Finland and Estonia in reading, maths and science. We also know that we need to lift our game when it comes to … More What schools are getting right
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?
It is astounding to think that nearly every week there is an education conference happening somewhere covering all aspects of schooling. Many of these have become big business but regardless of size or popularity, most conferences aim to facilitate learning. We attend conferences to acquire new knowledge or skills with the intent of learning and improving our work. Learning is … More Learning to Unlearn