The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Welcome to the latest version of this page. It comes as there is a wide range of educational topics coming to the fore [or re-surfacing in some cases]. Some have gained quite an amount of attention [e.g. rejection of an offer to fund a particular course at the Australian National University] and reviewing whether the Schooling Resource Standard [SRS] is the most appropriate basis for decisions [Gonski funding]. Others relate to de-cluttering curriculum, new descriptors for teachers, changing the school year, ways of opening up a more effective use of schools, regional and rural education, the ATAR continues to be of interest, various changes to degree structures and the list expands on and on. Several of these are covered in greater detail below.
Universities Australia appoints new Chief
Executive provides details about Catriona Jackson who will take up the position following on from Belinda Robinson. While it
is possible to find background information on her, a
article may actually prove more enlightening about her beliefs than a simple compilation of facts.
Wikispaces has been around for some time and been used by numerous
education personnel to produce quality resources used by many in the profession. Regrettably, Wikispaces is about to
close. Classroom and free wikis will end on 31 July 2018, while other types will end at later dates. More information from the
site. [This is the final reminder about this change.]
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these may also be referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area and it often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. As someone said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
There are recently produced items that warrant at least a brief mention. See what you think about each and whether you agree or not. Most items are Australian in origin. Follow each link that piques your particular interests.
An end to the industrial model of
Dean Ashenden’s response to the recent Gonski 2.0 Report. As always, his responses are well thought out and clearly expressed.
He also manages to make his points without writing a tome. The final comments probably say it all : ‘The second Gonski report
... has one very good chance to escape the oblivion into which its many predecessors have sunk : it has made the genuinely historic
call that the familiar way of organising and conducting teaching and learning is obsolete, and that a very different grammar is needed
and available. The risk is that the “transition” from one to the other is beyond the capacity of the system, and that the
failure will be put down to the idea’.
technologies for learning : ...
Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and
intermediate schools 2016. We readily look at reserach and commentary from our own country, but quite often findings from similar
countries such as New Zealand can also enlighten us. ‘The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be
used, and what it means for teaching and learning. The survey sought the views of principals, teachers, trustees, parents and
whānau’. Available are the report, infrographics, surveys and more.
Dropping out : the benefits and costs of trying university
Grattan Institute. ‘More than 50 000 students who started university in Australia this year will drop out. Not every
incomplete degree amounts to a waste of time and money. But there are costs of dropping out’. The authors indicate
‘Australia can and should aim to reduce the number of young people who leave university with nothing but debt and regret’.
Report, background paper, chart data and even a podcast discussion are all available from the site.
Participation in tertiary
education in Australia
Mitchell Institute. ‘Australia needs more people participating in vocational education and training or university studies to
ensure our future prosperity. However under current policy settings, a smaller proportion of Australians will take up tertiary studies
into the next decade, if recent trends continue’. Download the PDF version from the site.
Why an adaptive
education system would improve school outcomes
‘ In this Grand Rounds presentation at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Grattan
Institute’s School Education Program Director Peter Goss explores what it might take to improve teaching practice so that all
students learn more in school, including those who are currently left behind’.
education policy is failing, and it’s not hard to see why
Inside Story. A fairly short, but very targetted, piece to finish with. John Quiggin leaves little to the imagination. As he
finishes by saying - ‘The experience of the past decade shows that the problems in the South Australian TAFE system are merely symptoms of failed policies designed by state and federal governments. They should
be reversed urgently’.
Explaining Australia’s school funding debate : what’s at stake
[The Conversation, 18/7]
Victorian Coalition promises Australia’s ‘biggest’ anti-bullying program to replace Safe Schools
[ABC Education, 18/7]
Students to receive careers advice from Year 7 under overhaul
[The Age, Education, 17/7]
Should schools make sport compulsory ?
[The Educator, Australia, 17/7]
Peer review ‘works against’ early career researchers
[Times Higher Education [THE], 16/7]
Deans of education makes the case for alternatives to the ATAR
[Campus Morning Mail, 16/7]
Family holiday is not a reason to skip school, warns Education Dept.
‘Hubs of concentrated advantage’ : selective schools need a rethink
[SMH, National, 15/7]
Australia’s funding freeze puts courses on ice
[Times Higher Education, 15/7]
It helps to master expression before waging culture wars
[The Australian, 14/7]
School funding review makes the grade
[The Centre for Independent Studies, 13/7]
Sydney parents turn their backs on state boys' schools
[SMH, Education, 13/7]