Category Archives: Education in society

Addressing concerns about Australian students’ performance

The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) global report from December 2013 delivered some negative news about the Australian education system, suggesting that a generation of teenagers had dumbed down their learning. Factors such as unruly classrooms, bullying and poor … Continue reading

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Teacher performance: Quite literally a matter of life or death

The Victorian Government this week finally took performance-related pay off the negotiating table in the long-running pay dispute with the State’s teachers. Hopefully this will pave the way for some meaningful progress to be made in recognising teachers’ professionalism and … Continue reading

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Have fun.

This was the short message that Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung added to the School motto when she joined staff in 2010: ‘Think you can. Work hard. Get smart. Be kind.’ Fun was a great addendum. As the … Continue reading

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What do you tweetch?

A recent article in The Age outlined the growing use of Twitter and other social media platforms for educational benefit. Aside from exploring the novelty and obvious value of these online tools in connecting students with issues and counterparts across … Continue reading

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School funding moves forward

In September this year, the government responded to the review and promised legislation that would set up a new funding framework and enshrine the government’s goal of having Australia in the top five schooling systems in the world by 2025. Continue reading

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Teachers follow trend towards private

An article in last weekend’s Age highlighted the plight of education in Australia: Not only is the growth in student enrolments in Independent and Catholic schools far outstripping that of Government schools, but teachers are deserting the public sector for … Continue reading

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Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg In Conversation

Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg In Conversation Much has been made over the past twelve months of Australia’s desire to place higher in the OECD rankings of quality national education systems. This interview features one of Australia’s leading current educational … Continue reading

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PM: “Find funds for schools”

Find funds for schools, PM tells states AAP, 3 September PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has challenged the states to put children first and find billions for Labor’s new schools funding model, which has won the support of business and most … Continue reading

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Dear Mr Baillieu…

The $5 Billion annual investment in Australia’s future, as recommended by the Gonski review of education funding, actually represents an ENORMOUS cost saving compared to the tens of billions this country will spend on fighting (juvenile) crime and building more prisons. Continue reading

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5 lessons from the London 2012 Olympics

The Tour de France, the London Olympics provide the opportunity to learn more about ourselves through the (mis-?) adventures of others. Here are my top five lessons from the first week of the Games. Continue reading

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