'There is a real danger political correctness is getting out of control. We need to understand the world as it was and not to rewrite history as some might like it to have been.'
The debate needs to shift from throwing more money after bad, a la Gonski, to identifying the most cost-effective way to use resources to raise standards.
Since NAPLAN destroys elements of cognitive behaviour in children, parents should actually give permission for their children to take the tests.
Up until early July this year mums and dads could go to the Safe Schools Coalition Australia website and see if the school they sent their children to was a participant in the program.
He was prominent as a critic of the public policies that had arisen from the 'economic rationalist' reforms of the Hawke-Keating Government (1983-1996).
In line with current equal pay protests in the early education sector, the article discusses what truly happens after you drop your children off.
Given the opposing views of this muddled debate, is there indeed a STEM skills shortage or surplus in the workforce? I would argue that the answer is 'yes' for both.
This essay is a discussion about two books, widely different in their story. Each was given to me by its author, a friend.
Life for most teachers isn't that great. Children are increasingly disrespectful. Playground duty in a hot or freezing playground is tedious. And these days few teachers can get a permanent job.
An education that must constantly demonstrate its relevance, usefulness (or functionality) is an education that is fundamentally not free.
Based on the evidence of the last decade the answer is 'Yes'. Australia cannot afford to continue to invest ever more money into a failing system.
My own journey at that school was that of a fast learning curve, and since that time I have learned that this is often the case for beginning teachers.