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Rock the vote

In 2011 ACARA released the 2010 Report National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship Year 6 and 10 Report. By any standards the results were dismal. But for anyone who believes that the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young ...

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Arts ‘short-changed’ in curriculum

A recent discussion of Dr Chris Sarra’s Stronger Smarter Program on Big Ideas (ABC Radio National) addressed the relationship of high expectations to attitudinal change in an indigenous school community. In building high expectations within a community of teachers, positive ...

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Librarians victims of financial struggle

Where did the notion of a “self-managed school (SMS)”, school based management (SBM), locally empowered schools, charter schools or independent public schools begin? Professor John Smyth of Flinders University gives us a lead. In a 1999 interview by Nick Davies ...

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A tale of two systems

I found the schools I visited in Finland to be much more relaxed than those I am familiar with in Australia. But this was not the lazy feeling of relaxation one feels on a holiday, rather it was a relaxed ...

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We need to talk more about Gonski

It has become a cliche to respond to the recently released Gonski report on school funding by saying “the devil’s in the detail”. On the face of it, the main directions of the report’s recommendations – new shared funding arrangements ...

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Race to the Finnish

The international benchmarking convention in Winnipeg, Canada, on March 2 bought together educators from countries whose students do well on international measures of achievement, such as the Program for International Student Achievement (PISA) and Trends in Mathematics and Science Study ...

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Struggle for equitable solutions

It is alarming to find that the Gonski report is to re-establish the battles between the major lobby groups in school funding. This outcome is inevitable and indeed appears to be one the objectives of the report. In a climate ...

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All’s not quiet on the Western Front

As the Gillard government begins trialling its Locally Empowered Schools initiative this year, Western Australia continues with its own version of principal autonomy. Independent Public Schools (IPS) has been touted as a means of providing power to principals. However, a ...

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The wide world

We’ve had reviews and reports before but the Review of Funding for Schooling has changed the debate maybe forever, which is about the same length of time it might take to implement its recommendations. The Gonski review already represents something ...

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