There is no doubt that the 2008 NAPLAN results provided a wake-up call for Queensland, and since that time there has been a focused effort on improvement. Seven years on, the Queensland performance on NAPLAN is recognised as considerably improved.
The government's plans to apply real compounding interest rates to student debt through the HECS/HELP scheme will result in women paying a greater price for their higher education.
If we look back over the past decade in Queensland, virtually every major aspect of our school education system has been reviewed and the subject of reform.
It needs to recognise that students from non-English speaking backgrounds have different needs and cannot be treated the same as other students.
Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott have confirmed what many have long suspected: they run a government which feels no responsibility for government schools.
An engineering degree, the degree my father did for free, will cost as much as $119,000.
Of all the attributes employers are looking for, academic achievement is fourth most important; interpersonal and communications skills the first.
If some form of tertiary training is the new norm what is the purpose of compulsory schooling?
Australian-based researchers are in danger of losing their way, and the current preoccupations of research-funding agencies and of universities are making the problem worse.
Julia Gillard's reputation for promoting business-friendly education 'reforms' no doubt helped with her appointment as chair of the Global Partnership for Education when she left Australian politics.
Neither Labor nor the Coalition is rising to the challenge posed by Gonski.
Public education remains one of our greatest achievements, so I would like to outline my 10 commandments for its supporters in 2014.