- And here come the end of year HSC/VCE stories: out of Victoria (The Age Dec 17) and NSW (SMH Dec 18). Also some attempts at informed commentary.
- More stories from my work with Bernie Shepherd: 'Public schools beat rivals in HSC comparison' Sun Herald Dec 14. And the longer piece from Inga Ting is also revealing....especially comments from Gary Marks.
- A few more good initiatives in NSW: 'NSW schools to share information on expelled students' SMH Dec 1. A long overdue and welcome measure. Also 'NSW schools told to show how they are lifting standards' SMH Dec 12. Also have a look at this advice on the changes to not-for-profit requirements for schools in NSW. Now this will prove to be interesting.
- A neat summary of Diane Ravitch's concerns in the USA
- 'A spectacular advertisement for public schooling' Cathy Sherry in the SMH, Dec 10
- Just discovered from a couple of months ago: 'Venture capitalists are poised to 'disrupt' everything about the education market' The Nation Sept 25.
- For a neat example of an article based on selective and dated evidence read 'Researchers find strong performers in non-government schools' The Age Nov 30
- 'Gonski funding flows to most needy of NSW schools' SMH Nov 21
- http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/11/modern-day-segregation-in-public-schools/382846/ The Atlantic Nov 18.
- 'Young Australians could be worse off than parents for the first time, report warns' ABC News Nov 11
- Fourth study this year confirms private schools no better than public' Trevor Cobbold in The Age Nov 11. Also 'All that glistens may not be gold at private schools' David Zingier Nov 10.
- 'Good schools have high expectations of students' by Geoff Ryan, The Age Nov 17. "Drawing on my own experience" he writes....plus a few bits is carefully selected evidence.
- 'Principal calls for fairer school funding' NZ Herald Nov 11. A growing and familiar school divide between rich and poor in NZ.
- This is a must, not only for what it says but for who is saying it: The Worst of Both Worlds: How the US and UK are Influencing Education in Australia by Stephen Dinham, ACE National President.
- For cherry picking evidence Kevin Donnelly has no equal. I don't have a link to his latest and you can't read it anyway without paying. If I must read The Oz it will be at an airport where they give them away. But do read Margaret Clark's response. My recent foray into My School data shows almost no student achievement gain for over $3bn public investment in mainly high ICSEA private schools. Watch this space
- Trevor Cobbold's latest 'Private schools are no better' is a good read. Bernie Shepherd and I will have more to say on this later this year.
- The Need To Suceed Gonski Symposium (October 23) raised a few headlines and comments. Reported in the Daily Telegraph amongst others. Various news reports e.g. Channel 10. ABC 7:30 Report ran the story (see script and video). Bernie Shepherd and I comment in the SMH on our main findings. Our work is written up in Inside Story and links to our second and more detailed report on equity gradients. ....also on John Menadue's Pearls and irritations site. His site is well worth a regular visit.
- '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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