The X-factor

An interesting dichotomy exists in our society between how teachers are represented within traditional forms of media. Film/TV have typically depicted teachers as walking on holy ground having earned the respect and admiration of students particularly those on the margins. Think of To Sir with Love, Dead Poets Society or Goodbye Mr Chips. Then there are the … More The X-factor

A seismic shift

Despite the increasing democratisation of information arising from access to the internet, the tightly-controlled mainstream media continues to fuel a narrow view of the world professing the need for education to return to the good old days.  Isn’t it bad enough that we have climate change deniers in the face of mounting scientific evidence; but … More A seismic shift

NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

Late last year, the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute commissioned  a national survey of over 8,000 educators on the impact of the annual National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). There were very few surprises in the results which found that many teachers believed NAPLAN had negatively affected their practice and narrowed the … More NAPLAN: friend, foe or on the fence?

Diversity should be the norm

You know an election is in the wind when the well-worn public vs private school story appears  in the tabloid press and as fodder for radio shock-jocks. According to an article this week, the success of public schools in HSC and NAPLAN tests was partly responsible for an increase in enrolments.  It follows the SMH on Monday  which quotes Chris Bonner, former president of the Secondary Principals … More Diversity should be the norm

Understanding data

Naplan testing begins today for students in years 3,5,7 and 9.  It’s good to see that schooling didn’t grind to a halt – life, learning and teaching does go on. I was pleased to read Dr Judy Smeed’s comments in today’s Australian – finally a voice of reason in the whole Naplan/MySchool debate. Dr Smeed, … More Understanding data

Out to pasture

In 2010, we find ourselves peering over the edge of a great chasm that has to be crossed tif we are to get to a world of new potentials. We move forward with a sense of excitement and possibilities Technology has given us a window into the future.  Just look at the hype and excitment … More Out to pasture