The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth”. Dan Rather
Welcome to the latest update of this page. Over recent times there have been a number of educational events, discussions, reports, claims, counter-claims, suggestions, opinions and much, much more. To cover all would be, if not impossible, a mammoth task. Some will have a minor effect [if any] on education. Others, if taken up or even responded to, may have long term effects of a significant nature. Several are covered in commentary below. Meanwhile ...
- The Australian Computer Society will be running a Global ICT Educators Event in Sydney on 6 November 2018, Brisbane on 7 November 2018 and Melbourne on 8 November 2018, in conjunction with Lego Education. Registrations close on 1 November 2018 for all three sites. A major bonus is the presence of Mitch Resnick as the speaker. All other details are available from the relevant pages listed above.
- There has been a lot of comment about the pressures applied to teachers, not only by their employers, but also by others in the wider community. The attrition rate for beginning teachers is quite noticeable. In many instances, teaching generally is not regarded very highly. This is not just restricted to Australia. Most People Wouldn’t Want Their Child to Become a Teacher, Poll Finds [Education Week] provides research from the USA indicating negative concerns expressed by parents about the possibility of their children wanting to become teachers. It is probable this would also be the case in a number of other countries, even though there are some where teacher status alone would not allow this to occur. Interesting findings and food for thought.
- A few days ago, Robert French, Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, gave the Eighth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance at Charles Darwin University. It was titled ‘Free Speech and the Law on Campus – Do we need a Charter of Rights just for Universities ?’. Information about the event indicated “There has recently been public discussion of the concepts of academic freedom and of freedom of expression generally on university campuses in Australia and other countries. The Oration will canvass the content and history of those freedoms, whether they are under threat and whether special measures are necessary to protect freedom of speech and diversity of views in our institutions of higher learning”. I have not yet found a copy, but from all reports it is well worth hearing. Why not see if you can find it over the next few weeks and see whether you agree or disagree with what he has said.
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. It often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. However, as someone once said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
Innovative approaches to global education challenges
Australian tertiary education funding is not as low as it seems in OECD metrics
[The Conversation, 17/9]
Australia’s gender pay gap narrows
[Grattan Institute, 16/9]
Progress on national school reforms
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 14/9]
Students set for shift to ‘radical’ 21st century curriculum
[The Australian, 14/9]
NAPLAN results on My School may be delayed as ministers push back
[The Guardian, 14/9]
Over 2 300 regional and remote students to benefit from Youth Allowance change
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 13/9]
Teacher self-efficacy rises after five years on the job : study
[EducationHQ Australia, 13/9]
Have Kids Stopped Trying on PISA and NAPLAN ?
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 12/9]
SA report reveals ‘attainment challenges’