It may feel as if New South Wales has become the education review state of late. We have a review of the NSW curriculum and the one into the use of smart phones in schools. These reviews, while important, skirt around the core issues. What would happen if the time and energy invested into these … More What’s missing when it comes to educational 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?
Jane Caro wrote this week that “Chile, unlike Australia, is heading in the right direction” with its bill before parliament to ban public funding of for profit private schools along with free primary and secondary schooling. I can understand why Chile’s President wants to adopt a new educational funding policy. Chile’s existing system was instituted … More Heading in the right direction
As the new Federal Minister for Education Christopher Pyne settles into his portfolio, I have been thinking about what changes have been made to the educational landscape over the past six years. I don’t want to rekindle old debates because many of the Gillard-Rudd policies and initiatives have already been criticised and condemned. It may … More A united voice
This was the opening comment by a head teacher an an education round table I attended in London. Several school leaders and teachers gathered to discuss the impact of the latest policy announcements the the conservative coalition government. After listening to them it wasn’t hard to be somewhat pessimistic at the future of schooling in … More ‘Education is going backwards’
Brian Caldwell’s Agitation Hill Lecture delivered in May is worth reflecting on. In his address, Caldwell urges educators and parents to adopt ‘the language of radical dissent’ and wrest back control of education before our government take us down the path that England has chosen. Interesting to see Gordon Brown’s refreshing approach to educational policy … More Time to Agitate