- 'Early intervention helping lift literacy and numeracy at NSW's poorest schools' SMH Oct 17....and Ken Boston tells how. Of course scaling up such success will require investment, and Trevor Cobbold shows how 'Higher funding loadings are needed for schools with greater concentrations of disadvantaged students'.
- The Age gives a detailed report on Grattan research on the how many and where of new schools needed by 2031.
- David Gillespie writes on 'Uniforms a weapon in the school marketing wars' The Age Oct 16
- For anyone interested Christopher Pyne dropped some pearls of wisdom on ABC Lateline (Oct 14). A nice summary of his views on less important things.
- And Tony Abbott has turned his infatuation with a US school into something for us. SMH Oct 15. Matthew Knott (SMH) asks the important question: 'Corporate high schools: evidence or inspiration?' and as the SMH also reports, 'Tony Abbott's industry-school linkage plan might not float in NSW' (Oct 17).
- Adrian Piccoli announces tighter funding rules for NSW Independent schools' SMH Oct 14
- 'Healthy, wealthy and unfair: tide goes out on equality in Australia' Peter Hartcher in Fairfax Oct 14.
- October 13. This blog is for things that matter - the curriculum review barely makes the grade. Anyway, a good report in The Guardian . Fairfax editorializes. AND another excellent comment from Dean Ashenden in Inside Story
- A couple of interesting things from the UK. Fiona Miller in The Education Guardian (Oct 7) tells how schools bend the rules to enrol who they want. Three academics want to 'Scrap school admission policies based on postcode - they entrench inequality' The Conversation Oct 7.
- and from the USA, Bob Herbert (Politico Magazine Oct 6) gives Bill Gates et al a serve in 'The plot against public education'
- 'Schools free to choose their own report cards' Something potentially nice out of the Victorian elections. The Age Act 1
- 'Education is a public good, not a private commodity' Stewart Riddle in The Convo, Oct 1
- 'Inner-city high school needed urgently, says community' SMH Sept 10. Told you so over a decade ago, said me.
- 'Review of extra funding for low SES students 'rigged'' The Australian Sept 9. Trevor Cobbold comments.
- 'Enrolment fraud 'commonplace' in Canberra as parents vie for preferred schools' Canberra Times Sept 4
- 'High school for homeless breaking the cycle of addiction and poverty' SMH report on Kitty te Riele's project.
- 'School reforms divide principals' The Age Sept 7
- OECD latest PISA in Focus 'says competition in education has failed' Trevor Cobbold reports Fairfax September 3.
- 'Kathryn Greiner on Gonski report: schools need help to move ahead' SMH Sept 3.
- Marylou Verberne, a wonderful pioneer in her field, reports on 'The sad state of play in Australian schools' The Age, September 1
- Click on the image below to read my comments on Maxine McKew's new book:
- The media has run with a moral panic over NAPLAN. Read about it here and here....if you must. The writing test also raised a few headlines. But Bernie Shepherd and I have discovered something which really deserves to cause concern.
- How interesting: 'Private schooling has little long-term pay-off' Jennifer Chesters in The Conversation August 13. The Sunday Fairfax papers pick it up as well. Tim Hawkes seems to say it's the vibes of private schooling that matter. Crispin Hill has a longer comment in the Canberra Times, Aug 15
- Two out of the United States: 'Where private school enrolment is highest and lowest' The Atlantic Aug 13. Also 'Public dollars, private rules: the Charter School calculus' UConn Today Aug 14.
- 'Sick of this market-driven world? You should be' Guardian Aug 5.
- Is this a race to the bottom? 'Melbourne Uni's new course to fast-track teachers' The Age Aug 6
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