There is a fallacy that still persists in schooling. It is the fallacy of standardisation and homogenisation and those like Professor Yong Zhao, have been vocal about the negative consequences of continuing down this path. He says: For a long time education has been about imposing on all children the same set of skills and … More Don’t be another brick in the wall
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
As an election pledge, Labor announced in February and then re-announced last week that it would establish a ‘National Principals’ Academy’ in an effort to have ‘the best school system in the world’. While there are a whole range of issues here that need to be addressed, we always welcome greater focus on the important … More It takes a village, not an academy to teach a child
The move to have early learning centres attached to primary schools is a response to the research showing the positive impact quality early learning has on students’ academic and life outcomes. Here in Western Sydney, the demand for new schools is increasing as the population grows. This challenges us to think about how we provision … More What is pre to post schooling?
We have a tendency in education to search for immediate solutions to challenges, which often end up as partial solutions anyway. At a state and federal level, we’re in an election cycle where parties are promising more structural change such as smaller classes, more teachers, better buildings etc. I understand how appealing these are to … More What is the impact of teachers?
Last week the Gonski Institute for Education held a forum to discuss school assessment. Clearly there are growing concerns around the world regarding the negative impact of high stakes testing. So much so that Singapore has now taken the step of banning high stakes testing of students below the age of 11. Australia hasn’t taken … More A learning eco-system
We are less than two weeks out from a state election and two months from a federal election and while it’s heartening to hear the major parties include education and education funding in their campaigning, my fear is that as always, the policy dial is wound back and we end up in culture war territory … More Campaigning for educational change
Often times understanding how people learn is like trying to master chess. It requires the ongoing commitment to gaining greater knowledge, skills and insights. Richard Elmore talks about this in the context of the instructional core; John Bransford et al. in developing a metacognitive culture within the learning space. I’m often asked to reflect on … More Worth every Winx
It’s been interesting to catch snippets of the conversation with Sir David Attenborough at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently. Sir David was discussing the ‘urgency of now’ needed to address the global environmental challenges we face. If you mute the sound and read the captions or insert education instead of environment, you may … More Time for adult decisions
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