Trevor Cobbold, Save Our Schools, 15 Nov 2018. Australia prides itself on its egalitarian ethos, but it is a myth in education. We have one of the most segregated school systems and to be the 2nd most unequal education system in the developed world is disgraceful and scandalous. Read the report here
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Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Apr 2018. Government and Catholic schools in NSW are operating with less than 70% of the income per student of the state’s private schools. Read the article here
The Conversation, 15 March 2017. The latest reports from two major international assessments of student learning – PISA and TIMMS – show that educational disadvantage is a substantial problem in Australia. We can’t continue this way. Read the article here
Curriculums that restrict creativity and systems that increase inequality result in lower achievement.
Australia’s education system is comparing well internationally, but has the potential to do better. Australia’s expenditure on education is well below the OECD average and there is every sign that future funding will remain the subject of partisanship and uncertainty.
The overwhelming evidence has exposed accountability based on standardisation and high-stakes testing as a failed network of policies in education reform. We need a school reform agenda that acknowledges social and educational inequality. Education does not exist in a vacuum. Teaching and learning are impacted by out-of-school factors.
There have been a range of simplistic, unproven or disproved remedies promoted to “fix” teachers and teaching. They have largely been copied from Britain and the USA, despite a lack of supporting evidence (eg. the free market, choice and competition are the answers to almost any question about education; appointing non-educators as principals who will […]
The Conversation, 13 March 2014. – Australia likes to think that everyone has a “fair go”. But the current reality is of education systems that are socially stratified and full in inequalities. Our schools, rather than promoting equity, are effective engines of inequality.
The Conversation, 5 March 2014. – In this article, Nicholas Biddle (ANU) outlines how students’ low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes. He concludes by stating that early childhood education, quality housing and stable employment are ultimately needed to significantly reduce intergenerational inequality. Read the article here
The Conversation, 4 March 2014. – In this article, Stewart Riddle outlines the correlation between low socioeconomic backgrounds and poorer results in the classroom. We like to pretend that social class doesn’t matter in Australia, but the reality for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds paints a very different picture when it comes to education. Why […]