- The SMH (March 11) reports on the Per Capita funded research on school choice completed by Verity Firth and Rebecca Huntley.
- Interesting observations but not about school itself. 'Depression is rife in high schools, survey finds.' (The Age March 9) Doing school differently is part of the ignored solution. Then 'Edward Melhuish suggests Australia should make pre-school free'. SMH March 9. Not under Tony's watch!
- Must be that 'My School' time of year again. The Canberra Times is first out of the blocks with 'ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy' March 5....then the SMH on March 6. The Canberra Times report on March 10 sets new lows in reporting My School. For any school check how ICSEA values have changed over 5 years....and then remember how we were told My School in 2010 was so good. There is pressure from NSW to axe My School. It might be a case of careful what you wish for... The pressure especially comes from Adrian Piccoli.
- Worth reading: 'How do we future proof education from this government' Lila Mularczyk in Australian Teacher Magazine. And Dean Ashenden has reviewed three new books in Inside Story - and added his insights: ('Taking God to School', 'Free Schools' and 'A History of Australian Schooling')
- Two good overseas perspectives in The Conversation, 'English grammar schools try to shake off middle class bias' and '
- 'Teaching children that dinosaurs didn't exist: how public schools fail their brief' by Marion Maddox in Guardian Australia Feb 26.
- 'Equity is the key to better school funding' Boston Consulting research reported in Education Week, Feb 18
- 'Christopher Pyne turns spotlight on teacher training' SMH Feb 19. Thousands of wry smiles in NSW as Trevor Fletcher is announced to be on the review.
- Trevor Cobbold referred to this interesting ACER piece: 'Unfinished business, PISA shows Indigenous youth are being left behind'
- Sydney schools face queues as sell-off scheme backfires' SMH Feb 16. Re the shortage of schools in inner Sydney I don't want to say I told them so....but, along with others, I did. But Elizabeth Farrelly has gone for the nuclear option in 'Why private schools add little to the education mix' SMH Feb 20
- 'Primary school principals shut down religious education classes' The Age, Feb 17
- 'Independent schools: an idea whose time has passed' Francis Beckett in Inside Story.
- 'My School and yours: the disappearing achievers' Further development of my previous work with new and startling figures. Inside Story, Feb 11.
- The hapless 'Christopher Pyne outlines ambition to make public schools independent' (SMH Feb 3) only to have Adrian Piccoli and others rain on his parade. An extended piece in the SMH Feb 15. I've commented in New Matilda. Maybe we are lucky to have Pyne as education minister - think about it. Also, Sharon Beder reminds us that 'Schools are not businesses and principals are not CEOs' (SMH Feb 5)
- Also on Gonski: a brief version of my work on the alarming drop in the achievement profile (as distinct from school quality) of low SES schools is in The Age, Feb 3.
- ATAR school rank published by the SMH
- This will be a year of mounting evidence that nothing short of a full implementation of the Gonski recommendations will do. The SMH (Feb 1) reports on Jim McMorrow's analysis, showing that 'Abbott's Gonski to hit public schools harder'
- 'Why funding private schools is a smart idea' says Kevin Donnelly, patching together all his dated sources, dodgy research (e.g. Miller and Voon) and unsupported assertions.
- A good read from The Oz: 'Money can't guarantee a good education', David Gillespie on his new book.
- At lease the Gonski report is back online. Peter Martin reports in the SMH
- The new school year is almost upon us.....a critical year ahead for school funding reports Sky News, Jan 22. The SMH similarly reports on Trevor Cobbold's timely and well-sourced report showing how 'The Coalition has sabotaged Gonski'
- Ken Boston pins the real reason for the curriculum review (SMH Jan 17).
- Reports on the Donnelly/Wiltshire appointments in the Guardian Oz, ABC News, SMH (on what might be a 'smoking' gun), SMH editorial. Also Tony Taylor comments on the mythical 'Judeo-Christian heritage' loved by Donnelly et al.....and widens his thoughts a few days later.
- So Kevin Donnelly is going to revise the Oz curriculum? The best line about KD was delivered by Shane Maloney, the crime writer, in a public debate with Donnelly on the opposing team. What he and Donnelly have in common, he told the audience, is that they are both writers of B-grade fiction. Says it all.
- Here we go again: another half baked piece of work comparing public with private schools. The researchers make a point, clouded by heaps of assumptions. This time its 'Private schooling boosts future earnings', written up in the AFR (January 6) and more than adequately responded to by Trevor Cobbold in the Guardian Australia, Jan 8th.
- The annual HSC/VCE results silly reporting season is here. The SMH has Malek Fahad as its hero school, plus the usual nonsense rankings....in Victoria The Age reports MacRobertson GHS on top. Both selective in various ways. Ho hum!
- While on selective enrolments and gaming the system, the Guardian (Dec 18) reports on Sutton Trust research showing how some parents can do it better than others.
- Trevor Cobbold shows, from NAPLAN, how Australia has a major equity problem in education (Dec 21)
- Ross Gittins' piece about Key Performance Indicators has implications for schooling (SMH Dec 18).
- This will keep the ABC bashers busy. In a detailed report FactCheck (Dec 8) concludes that it is 'Impossible to guarantee no school will be worse off under Coalition funding arrangements' FactCheck also proves a very useful timeline of Gonski-related promises and milestones.
Is it the glasses, is it the mouth - or is it just the ideology?
Christopher Pyne (right) is increasingly looking like Michael Gove,
Britain's unloved Tory Education Secretary. Scary!
- Reflections on PISA from home and abroad. Trevor Cobbold's summary and graphs are a good start. The SMH editorializes, Ian Keese and Dean Ashenden offer the best comments in Online Opinion, while Ian McAuley finds 'Pyne's education numbers don't add up' in New Matilda. Anna Patty authors a longer piece on December 7. Phil Roberts has a second look at PISA and the ACT (CT Dec 10). Maybe for the best perspective read '7 reasons why I don't care about the PISA results' Rick Hess in Education Week, Dec 4.
- Of course PISA moral panics are worldwide. Education Week gives a US report, while The Guardian reports 'UK students stuck in educational doldrums'
- Guardian Australia reveals the Abbott government's Q&A crib sheet on Pyne's twisting decisions. A fun read.
- December 4: PISA findings help maintain the focus on equity. 'Maths results a concern' says The Age. 'Australian students falling behind' (SMH) 'East Asian countries top global league tables' Guardian Oz. The commentary says much more: Sue Thomson in the SMH, Jo Tovey talks about a divided education system.
- Each day a surprise. Now we have 'Coalition's second Gonski U-turn: Labor model to be largely retained' Guardian Oz, Dec 3. But as Tom Allard comments, 'Tony Abbott's Gonski backtrack may not add up for schools' SMH Dec 2. Most of the commentary casts considerable doubt....Lenore Taylor's comments especially interesting, as are comments from Nicholas Stuart on Pyne.
- Ah, but it was our fault all the time - according to Tony Abbott who apes (?) Pyne's ducking and weaving. His election pledge was misheard, as reported in depth by the Guardian Australia (Dec 1). More considered analysis as Jim McMorrow, for the Need to Succeed Alliance, shows 'Christopher Pyne's comprehension, maths skills lacking on Gonski' SMH, Dec 2
- Pyne may have pulled this off a decade ago but much of the current response reflects a much better informed media. 'Inequality at the heart of rejection of Gonski program' says Peter Martin (Fairfax Dec 1). Michelle Grattan was particularly direct in The Conversation (Nov 29). Also Tim Dodd in AFR (Nov 30). Even Andrew Bolt!! Also Tom Bentley writes in the Guardian Australia about Pyne's possible drivers and options.
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