Category: Education

“Statewide book bans” are coming to Florida’s classrooms, enforced by the far right | Salon.com

Shot of a shelf with books in an empty library (Getty Images/LumiNola)

Fahrenheit 451- Radical Christians with their ISIS-based model state and religious police are coming your way

In combination with other recent laws restricting public schools from discussing LGBTQ issues or racism — including Florida’s 2022 “Don’t Say Gay” law (HB 1557) and “Stop WOKE Act” (HB7) and its 2021 ban on teaching “Critical Race Theory” — this has led some school districts to advise teachers to box up their classroom libraries until each book is vetted. Others have instructed teachers to stop buying or accepting donated books for their classrooms until at least January, to give the district time to hire mandatory new staff to serve as “media specialists” who review each title.

Source: “Statewide book bans” are coming to Florida’s classrooms, enforced by the far right | Salon.com

Student loans are getting bigger and hurting Australians’ chances of buying their own home | Housing | The Guardian

In 2005, the percentage of Help debtors who owed more than $20,000 was 47.51%. It’s now more than 72%.

Meanwhile, Tertiary Institutions are rolling in dough and cutting tenured staff.

Since when has Australia stopped investing in Education? Sixty Years ago you could work in a bank having passed 3rd form. Today you need a degree to meet and greet customers? Branches are being closed at a rapid rate and telephone contact with a branch is nigh on impossible. Everyday banking has become increasingly online.

Selling and designing a matrix of connected products and debt creation is the main goal along with hidden fees extracted from systems that maintain ever-increasing flow from were to syphon fees. Gone are the days when bankers came to primary schools and handed out piggy banks, Now it’s more likely credit cards but even they are being done away with for mobile phones you buy yourself on a plan.

People who choose to study are carrying larger debts – and for much longer than ever before

Source: Student loans are getting bigger and hurting Australians’ chances of buying their own home | Housing | The Guardian

Upset by New York Times Exposé on Hasidic Schools? That’s What GOP Wants for All American Kids | The Smirking Chimp

The real issue here is not “parents’ rights” but children’s rights. In most cases, the parents’-rights gambit is rhetorical sleight-of-hand meant to distract people from what’s really going on, which is adults depriving vulnerable children of the resources they need to grow into healthy adults. Book bans, “don’t say gay” laws, crackdowns on school newspapers and right-wing takeovers of school boards: It all serves the same purpose. For all the talk about “liberty” and “choice” that anti-education activists engage in, the end goal here is to limit the freedom of thought, and the freedom of life choices, that kids can have as adults.

Source: Upset by New York Times Exposé on Hasidic Schools? That’s What GOP Wants for All American Kids | The Smirking Chimp

Florida ranked No. 1 for “education freedom” — by right-wing group that wants to privatize it all | Salon.com

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference to discuss Florida's civics education initiative of unbiased history teachings at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Sanford. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Anarchistic Education Florida and Arizona where anything goes

“With this report,” added Burris, “the Heritage Foundation puts its values front and forward — that schooling should be a free-for-all marketplace where states spend the least possible on educating the future generation of Americans, with no regulations to preserve quality.” It’s no accident, Burris added, that Heritage’s top two states, Florida and Arizona, were ranked as the worst on the Network for Public Education’s own report card this year.

“These two states now have such a critical teacher shortage, due to their anti-public school agenda, that you do not even need a college degree to teach,” said Burris. “Parents who are looking for the best states in which to educate their children should take this report card and turn it on its head.”

Source: Florida ranked No. 1 for “education freedom” — by right-wing group that wants to privatize it all | Salon.com

Beggars in Surplus: Australia’s University Gangsters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Instead of being interrogated by appropriate QCs and chased up with a sharp summons, these managers only grow in number, the mold of administrative disaster, undermining academic health at every turn and creating the next absurd brand they call a “university”. With each semester, new positions are created with names disturbingly reminiscent of industrial cleaning products: DVCs, PVCs, Deputy PVCs and what not. These fatuous appointments are subsidised, in turn, by the labours of ailing, overworked staff, contemplating ruination, dejection, and suicide.

The education system has been in sharp decline in inverse proportion to the financial returns being hailed. Throwing public money at these beggars in surplus, an otherwise sensible proposition that could shield the sector from the ravages of impudent investment decisions, looks less appealing on closer inspection. Without deep, remorselessly brave reform, one that directly decapitates the officialdom of university management, good money will be thrown after ill-gotten gains.

Beggars in Surplus: Australia’s University Gangsters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How to Work Hard, Live Frugally, and Still Have $71,000 in Student Debt

Critics like to paint a picture of debtors as overeducated elites demanding a handout while idly snacking on $15 avocado toasts. But I’ve worked hard and lived modestly, and my debt is still haunting me — even after the White House’s partial cancellation.

How to Work Hard, Live Frugally, and Still Have $71,000 in Student Debt

Stuart Robert’s alabaster history wars

ON IT GOES, the Liberal Party attempting to recast Australia into its own image.

And if there was to be such an image, it would be an alabaster statue of a tall and impossibly noble-looking Captain Cook, in a huge tricorn hat, sword gallantly outstretched, with a knee-high leather boot grinding into Australia’s virgin soil a dusky native’s head.

Yes, the Liberal Party is trying to change the history books again.

Enter MP Stuart Robert, stage right. Stage Far-Right, to be precise.

Stuart Robert’s alabaster history wars

Stuart Robert’s alabaster history wars

Education system ‘run by Marxists’: Jason Clare takes aim at Liberal senator over comments on teachers | Liberal party | The Guardian

Liberal senator Hollie Hughes

 The education minister has blasted Senator Hollie Hughes for “crazy” comments blaming the Liberals’ low youth vote on “Marxist” teachers.

Source: Education system ‘run by Marxists’: Jason Clare takes aim at Liberal senator over comments on teachers | Liberal party | The Guardian

Indigenous education: New resource seeks to teach Victorian history through Aboriginal eyes

Worawa Aboriginal College principal Lois Peeler and students arrive at the launch of the Aboriginal Change Makers resource.

What the LNP and Peter Dutton want stopped

When Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung man Tiriki Onus was a schoolboy, he recalls a year 10 teacher telling the class “that the Aboriginal people of south-east Australia were extinct”.

Source: Indigenous education: New resource seeks to teach Victorian history through Aboriginal eyes

The national history curriculum should not be used and abused as an election issue

The Liberal Party claims its ethos is “free thinking” individuals. It’s reality is to create and action Institutional systems to produce the opposite. Single-minded thought is a priority and Education is their training ground. Education to teach individuals to think freely is in no way on their agenda and resistense begins in primary schools. Training not learning the emphasis and a strict control of history the planned method. History turned into myth and learned as truth. Hitler, it must be reminded, had exactly the same program in mind.

Everyone has an opinion about what should go into history curriculum. Politicians are especially good at expressing theirs. The acting federal education minister, Stuart Robert, has announced a delay in approving the revised Australian Curriculum until at least April. This means the ongoing debate about Australian history in the curriculum is likely to be dragged out to the eve of the next federal election. History curriculum is political but should not be used as a political plaything at election time. The federal government and Western Australian government are concerned that the revised history curriculum is “very busy”. Robert said Western civilisation “is well and truly back in the curriculum, but it remains quite cluttered”.

Source: The national history curriculum should not be used and abused as an election issue

Private school funding rises five-fold while public school funding stagnates – Michael West Media

Why has Australia gone backward in the past decade in comparison to the rest of the world?

New school funding figures show that government funding for private schools increased by nearly five times that for public schools over the last 10 years, writes Trevor Cobbold.

Source: Private school funding rises five-fold while public school funding stagnates – Michael West Media

News Corp’s deal with Google and the Melbourne Business School questioned by journalism academics

First, we saw the Ramsey Foundation’s incursion into universities with bribery and their Western Civilisations degree. Now News Corp and Google have moved in on  Melbourne University’s Business School. and the L-NP removal of research funding to the commercial sector. What we are seeing is the replacement of an Indpendant Tertiary Institution with the Trump University model being deployed in Australia? We know how well that went. Will shares too be issued sometime soon? The division between private and public seems to have been accelerated by this L-NP.

Why then are we as journalism academics concerned? There are several reasons. The first and most obvious is the incursion of a high-profile and controversial media company into the higher education sector and the extent to which that is funded by a large disruptive digital search company.

Source: News Corp’s deal with Google and the Melbourne Business School questioned by journalism academics

The Critics Were Right: “Critical Race Theory” Panic Is Just a Cover for Silencing Educators | The Smirking Chimp

The LNP lacks originality and plays Simon Says with Republican America. Tudge and now Robert simply the L-NP lacks any imagination when it comes to policies.

He’s calling on right-wing parents to report teachers for any lessons they deem “divisive.” As these previous reports show, that’s an expansive ask, as many parents clearly think it’s “divisive” to admit segregation happened, slavery was real, or the Holocaust was horrific. Youngkin’s intent is quite clearly to scare teachers into simply not teaching history, at least not in any way that’s truthful or remotely educational. Or to scare teachers into not teaching literature that humanizes people of color or LGBTQ people, or men who like poetry for that matter. As usual, despite their denials, Republicans really are behaving like the deplorables their critics say they are.

Source: The Critics Were Right: “Critical Race Theory” Panic Is Just a Cover for Silencing Educators | The Smirking Chimp

US conservatives linked to rich donors wage campaign to ban books from schools | US news | The Guardian

A Moms for Liberty chapter in Tennessee with what they say is an inappropriate book for school students. Moms for Liberty is linked to other groups backed by conservative donors.

Australia’s LNP is increasingly adopting the same policies as the Republican’s in the USA. Along with banning of teaching subjects, sacking teachers, removing books, privatising media and ridding us of the ABC all have been central policies for over 8 years.  Now they want our defamation laws changed, made easier and even suggest that taxpayers fund actions taken to sue by their MPs. Parliamentarians who already have privilege. But want it stretched beyond parliament in order to shut down criticism. It has become a priority for the Morrison Government whose standing and opinion in the eyes of the public in the polls has become lead.

Experts say trend is accelerating as groups push for bans of works that often address race, LGBTQ issues and marginalized people Adam Gabbatt @adamgabbatt Mon 24 Jan 2022 21.00 AEDT Last modified on Mon 24 Jan 2022 21.01 AEDT Conservative groups across the US, often linked to deep-pocketed rightwing donors, are carrying out a campaign to ban books from school libraries, often focused on works that address race, LGBTQ issues or marginalized communities.

Source: US conservatives linked to rich donors wage campaign to ban books from schools | US news | The Guardian

Florida Lawmakers Wants To Put Microphones On Teachers | Crooks and Liars

Florida Lawmakers Wants To Put Microphones On Teachers

The Republicans demand stricter Voting ID and like good camp followers Australia’s LNP suggest the same. Republicans demand stricter education measures Australia’s LNP fight for the same. Morrison is against Lockdowns anti-mandates all Republican Trump decrees Morrison adopts the same plan. It looks like a game of Simon Says. Does the Morrison government have any original policies?

The assault on teachers in this country by Republicans continues as a new bill proposed by Florida State Rep. Bob Rommel would allow cameras in the classroom as well as put microphones on teachers to monitor what they say.

Source: Florida Lawmakers Wants To Put Microphones On Teachers | Crooks and Liars

Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory? Look at Virginia’s Schools—For More Than 75 Years | Washington Monthly

Illustration by Megan Herbert

Understanding Scott Morrison and Aland Tudge’s ideological purification, “the intellectual blockade,” Their underlying dream of a a One Party LNP State in Australia by taking over every cultural institution and controling citizen;s thoughts. In simple terms their approach is not original but historically known as Fascism and Mussolini’s dream.

CRT  is not is a disease or a conspiracy hovering behind any teacher or book that suggests that racism is a problem in the 21st century.

Even if critical race theory were exerting some massive influence on K–12 education in America (it isn’t), and even if critical race theory had as its aim the instilling of shame in white students (it doesn’t), none of its efforts would compare in scope the determination with the systematic and successful 75-year campaign by Virginia and other southern states to control what was taught to students, and what students, Black and white, were allowed to read and think about race and racism. When we consider Virginia parents complaining that they “weren’t raised that way,” this history needs to be considered.

In fact, a rigorous program of ideological conformity has been a part of southern culture since the 1831 Nat Turner rebellion in Virginia. On the excuse of preventing more slave revolts, not only were antebellum schools and universities purged of antislavery teachers and books, the very mails were censored to ensure that no antislavery publications reached Dixie.

The Tudge plan is to do just that for White Christian British history and do away with any notion that the historic truth lies elsewhere.

Source: Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory? Look at Virginia’s Schools—For More Than 75 Years | Washington Monthly

Tudge flags freedom of speech while whitewashing Australia’s past

White retrenchment theory. By a practicing white male misogynist preaching values he doesn’t practice.

Education Minister Alan Tudge continues to argue that an obscure version of our history – one that students “can be proud of” – is the only one worth teaching, writes Dechlan Brennan.

Source: Tudge flags freedom of speech while whitewashing Australia’s past

BratKeeper: profitable private schools purloin JobKeeper, pandemic payments too – Michael West Media

Wesley College, JobKeeper

Blessed are the rich, for theirs are the taxes of the poor! Elite private schools gorged themselves on JobKeeper despite their profits, on top of Pandemic stimulus payments, and as well as trousering a bigger slice of the federal funding pie at the expense of public schools. Trevor Cobbold investigates the latest hand-outs.

Source: BratKeeper: profitable private schools purloin JobKeeper, pandemic payments too – Michael West Media

The Great Silencing | The Smirking Chimp

That’s how terrorism works and how the silence grows wherever the forces of zealotry and fanaticism dominate a culture. It’s beginning to seem a bit Brown Shirt-y in this country, verging on Third Reichian, a place where neighbors fear neighbors and teachers teach warily, succumbing to fear as the great silencing settles over us.

Source: The Great Silencing | The Smirking Chimp

The old school tie has lost potency, but a private education still opens doors

The question “what school did you go to?” can be a conversation starter, and ender.

Because in a real meritocracy— in a society that looks to its future productivity and social cohesion— plum jobs are available to all who strive, irrespective of their postcode or school. In a real meritocracy, the state does not actively encourage educational segregation whereby some schools have leaking roofs and others their own weather station, and then declare, as has federal Education Minister Alan Tudge, class warfare “over”. In a real meritocracy, no class of people can unselfconsciously assume they own the future.

Source: The old school tie has lost potency, but a private education still opens doors

Bags of money and the old school tie: Private schools and their impact on Melbourne

Fran Bailey in 2011 with former prime minister John Howard and then Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

When Fran Bailey moved from Brisbane to Melbourne in 1970, one big cultural difference stood out between the two cities. “I was constantly amazed at how often I was asked what school I went to,” says the former Liberal MP and Howard-era minister. “You would be invited to someone’s house for dinner and you would meet people and they would invariably ask.”

Source: Bags of money and the old school tie: Private schools and their impact on Melbourne

Education and Political Interference in the Death of Democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In Ray Bradbury’s 1953 book Farenheit 451, Captain Beatty states that, ‘A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it, take the shot from the weapon. Breach one man’s mind. Who knows what might be the target of the well-read man’. In this dystopian novel, Beatty is justifying the burning of books. While Farenheit is a novel, there is a long history of book burning going back centuries. The burning of books is intended to control knowledge, to prevent free thinking, to make sure everyone thinks the same and an affront to liberalism. Book burning is a political issue, and similarly, the 21st century equivalent is Internet Censorship, which, in a political context, has became a hot topic since the propagation of mistruths became so visible during the Trump Presidency.

Source: Education and Political Interference in the Death of Democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why the panic over “critical race theory” is the perfect right-wing troll | Salon.com

Students line a busy intersection and overpass protesting against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Several hundred students walked out of class Thursday in the fourth straight day of protests in Jefferson County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (AP)

Moving away from the debate about what is or isn’t “critical race theory” and instead focusing on what lawmakers are actually trying to do — replace factual information with fake history — helps recenter the debate on what’s really going on. After all, the only reason Republicans and right-wing pundits lie about what is and isn’t in the public school curriculum is because they know they can’t win the debate by being honest. The truth terrifies them, which is why they go to such lengths to conceal it both in public debate and in our public schools.

Source: Why the panic over “critical race theory” is the perfect right-wing troll | Salon.com

Teachers Across the Country Are Protesting Laws That Stop Them From Talking About Systemic Racism – Mother Jones

Four people with signs in front of monument.

This weekend, teachers in more than 30 cities protested against new laws that would limit what they can say in the classroom about racism in the United States. The laws—in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and other states—have emerged since George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota, after more teachers expanded lessons about systemic racism. Many of the laws ban schools from exploring “critical race theory,” which holds that any study of American history must acknowledge that racism is deeply embedded in government policies and the legal system. Some of the laws are even more broad, seeking to restrict lessons that focus on marginalized groups or equity. There’s money behind them, too. A new political action committee, the 1776 Project PAC, is fundraising to support school board members and others who push similar bills. The conservatives cheering these new restrictions likely took a recent cue from former President Donald Trump—who during his term accused schools that teach kids about slavery of spreading “hateful lies” and insulting the country’s founders. Trump created the 1776 Commission to promot

Source: Teachers Across the Country Are Protesting Laws That Stop Them From Talking About Systemic Racism – Mother Jones

Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee review – gutsy but unfocused interrogation of academic privilege | Australian books | The Guardian

Bri Lee and the cover of her new book, Who Gets To Be Smart.

Lee’s book is laden with research – podcasts, budget reports, soul-jarring statistics (to choose just one: in 2019, Australia’s four richest schools spent more on new facilities and renovations than the poorest 1,800 combined). But Who Gets to be Smart is light on listening. This book yearns for interviews, for the voices of those who are falling into the dark of education’s ever-growing equity gap: parents of children with disabilities, who have to fight for inclusive teaching; Indigenous students who quietly learn to dream smaller; the vast army of casual adjuncts, keeping universities open but teaching for crumbs; the principals of public schools struggling to repair the toilets when the private school down the road has on-site baristas; the women who’ve dropped out of higher ed because Covid-era caring commitments have made study untenable. Seated next to a high-profile vice chancellor on a plane, Lee delights in reading his emails over his shoulder, but she never asks him a question. That feels like a metaphor, too.

Source: Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee review – gutsy but unfocused interrogation of academic privilege | Australian books | The Guardian

If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History | The Smirking Chimp

The question opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask is: How did the past affect the present? What parts of the ugly side of our history have we retained, even unintentionally? Understanding these lessons is the whole point of studying history. We do a disservice to our own history if we do not study all of it, in all of its complexity, in order to secure a better future.

Source: If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History | The Smirking Chimp

Teaching Australia’s truth is an opportunity for all young people | Hayley McQuire | The Guardian

Students at Bamaga Junior School in Bamaga on the Northern Peninsula in 2015.

Some will say that it’s too political, but right now is an opportunity for everyone to back the proposed change in the school curriculum

Source: Teaching Australia’s truth is an opportunity for all young people | Hayley McQuire | The Guardian

Exterminate All the Brutes on HBO: An astonishing and damning docuseries – Vox

An aerial view of a recreation of a medieval-era war.

Perhaps most blindingly, Exterminate All the Brutes vibrantly illustrates the role of culture in perpetuating myths of supremacy. Movies, yes; Peck has plenty to say about the images we’ve been served up for virtually all of cinema’s history. But also photographs, and stories, and speeches, and songs, and phrases like “brutes” and “savage,” even the tying of darkness to something brutish and bad and uncivilized. What we see, say, and hear, the pictures we look at and the casual phrases we throw around — they all make it possible for us to accept what seems like it ought to be unacceptable. If a culture is made up of the things that people create to make sense of the world around them, then the opposite is also true: Culture tells people what they ought to believe, and if you tell people long enough that their genetics entitle them to rule over and to “civilize” others, they’ll believe it.

Source: Exterminate All the Brutes on HBO: An astonishing and damning docuseries – Vox

Disadvantage accelerates as private school funding rises six times public schools over the decade – Michael West

School funding wars just beginning

By 2029 public schools will be underfunded by $60 billion; private schools overfunded by $6 billion. In the decade to 2019, private schools received an extra $2,164 per student, public schools just $334 per student. The huge costs to society as a result of such disadvantage includes higher unemployment, poor health and low economic growth but Minister Alan Tudge claims the school funding wars over. Trevor Cobbold reports.

Disadvantage accelerates as private school funding rises six times public schools over the decade – Michael West

Neo-fascism on the rise as critical thinking dissolves

By undermining humanities education, the Morrison Government is helping create a superficial society, which opens the door to far-Right extremism, writes Alex Hipgrave. AS STUDENTS across Australia begin a new academic year, it may be apt to re-examine the role of our schooling system in shaping societal attitudes and how capitalism undermines education.

Neo-fascism on the rise as critical thinking dissolves

Privatised VET and Coalition’s wage schemes no fix for Australia’s skills chasm – Michael West

Intermediate skills vital for Australia

Year 12 leavers will be competing with people who are already on Jobseeker and who will no doubt get priority with employers eager for the $200 subsidy per worker. What a terrible message to send to youth, writes Bruce Mackenzie, that they first have to go on unemployment benefits before they are likely to be offered a job.

Privatised VET and Coalition’s wage schemes no fix for Australia’s skills chasm – Michael West

Focus on basics leaves schoolkids short in essential deep thinking

Australian 15-year-olds are falling behind, according to the latest international assessment.

The LNP have been in control for most of the past 20 years and have successfully created disadvantage for most of the nation compared with the rest of the world. But then it’s easier to control the disadvantaged isn’t it? (ODT)

The declining performance of Australian school students is in the spotlight again. But is there anything governments can do to arrest the decline?

According to the latest results from PISA 2018, the average reading levels of Australian 15-year-olds fell by the equivalent of three-quarters of a year of school since 2000. Mathematics levels fell by one-and-a-quarter years of school since 2003. And science levels fell by almost a year of school since 2006. Very few countries recorded such large falls in performance.

Focus on basics leaves schoolkids short in essential deep thinking

Climate change student strike inspired by politically correct teaching, academic says – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Students protest climate change inaction at SA Parliament House

The youth of Australia marched against the Vietnam war and were called much the same by conservative academics. As if too young to know better. Where was Kevin Donnely then studiously preparing himself to make remarks like this?

Donnelly seems to believe in the art of “training” but then  he had a strict Catholic education by priests being judged  for their training methods today. Where obeying as the pillar of education success rather than the art of defining a problem and attempting to solve it in real life. Being able to say ‘no’ is a learning experience. The Donnely’s throughout the history of education seem to have always found themselves outdated if his beloved  Institution the Catholic Church is an example and result of good education practices. (ODT)

via Climate change student strike inspired by politically correct teaching, academic says – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.

They know certain possibilities have already been stolen from them by the older generations. Rather than trying to hold onto dominant cultural narratives about their future, striking students are letting them go and crafting alternatives. They are enduring the pain of the climate crisis, while labouring to generate desirable and possible, though always uncertain, futures.

By connecting with other concerned young people across the world, this movement is creating a more collective and ecologically attuned identity.

via The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

The ‘Uberfication’ of education: warning about commercial operators

 

“This is Uberification of education and there are plans to scale it up in the global north,” he says.

“These staff are not trained teachers. They are high school graduates who instruct kids for a fraction of the price that it costs to employ a qualified teacher.

“By and large, teachers make up about 70 per cent of a school budget. If you want to make money, you hire fewer teachers or unqualified staff.”

A new American documentary called Backpack Full of Cash shows how children who attend “virtual” charter schools can now do all their schooling from home without the need for any physical interaction with teachers or other students. That includes dissecting a frog on their computer at home.

via The ‘Uberfication’ of education: warning about commercial operators

VCE results, HSC results: A low ATAR doesn’t stop success

We focus on ATAR the media pays far more attention to these few examples rather than proving that they are not exceptions there’s a world of success out of schooling but not enough attention to why and not enough role models to guarantee more. (ODT) Why are Australian schools failing their students? Why are there so few mentor programs and so many expanding privatised businesses selling unprovided enthusiasm for learning? Message: a who you know society is not a Meritocracy.  (ODT)

VCE results, HSC results: A low ATAR doesn’t stop success

Morrison government giving Catholic schools 10 times what they need: analysis

The Morrison government has given Catholic schools more than 10 times the amount of money needed to maintain “affordable choice” for parents, according to analysis by the Grattan Institute.

via Morrison government giving Catholic schools 10 times what they need: analysis

Private education spending in Australia soars ahead of other countries | Australia news | The Guardian

Boys from a private high school

The proportion of public money being spent on private schooling in Australia is higher than in any other advanced economy and has increased significantly over the last decade, a new report reveals.

By 2015 the share of private sources of non-tertiary education made up 19% of overall spending, the most of any advanced economy and double the OECD average of 8%

via Private education spending in Australia soars ahead of other countries | Australia news | The Guardian

Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers’ plan to starve public education | US news | The Guardian

‘The Koch brothers and DeVos are trying to do everything they can to divert money that should go to the public-school system, where 90%-plus of students go,’ according to the Arizona teachers’ union.

Convinced that the law would drain money from Arizona’s underfunded public schools, these women complained that Arizona’s lawmakers had ignored the public will and instead heeded the wishes of billionaires seeking to build up private schools at the expense of public schools.

via Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers’ plan to starve public education | US news | The Guardian

It is time to teach colonial history in British schools | UK | Al Jazeera

Members of the Mesopotamia Commission at the 1921 Cairo Conference, including Gertrude Bell, T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row) and Winston Churchill (centre front row) [Getty]

What the Ramsay Foundation won’t be offering in it’s Western Civilisation Degree. (ODT)

If you grew up in Britain, like me, you probably would not be able to recall being taught anything substantial about British colonial history in school.

The British curriculum dedicates plenty of attention to the violence of others – in Nazi Germany or during the American Civil War – and goes into great detail on a few events in medieval and pre-Victorian English history, like the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the reign of Henry VIII. But a British school would not teach you anything about the brutality of British colonialism.

We were told nothing of the concentration camps the British army ran during the Boer War, the Bengal famine of 1943 or the massacres of Kenyans in the 1950s.

via It is time to teach colonial history in British schools | UK | Al Jazeera

Jobocalypse now: The impending social catastrophe

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Or should we forget the Three Rs and introduce the Four Cs (Communication, Creativity, Critical Thought and Collaboration)? Teaching children to reproduce what is when in a few years it will no longer be, seems pointless because many of the jobs they are thinking about doing or are already training to do will not exist in ten years’ time. It has been estimated that up to half of our large companies will disappear before 2030, along with up to 40 per cent of the jobs which exist today.

Therefore tailoring the education program to meet the needs of transferable skills in a world in which flexible working conditions and freelancing will be the norm, makes sense. And it makes sense to have started yesterday. As a first step. And as a crucial one because if we do not address these needs, now, then we will lose the next generation to joblessness, homelessness, dispondency, demoralization, marginalization, in some cases criminality and terrorism. In a globalized world, education counts not only at home but in the distant corners of the world.

via Jobocalypse now: The impending social catastrophe

The great public v private education con job

We rarely hear such sentiments because since the Howard years there’s been an undeclared war – yes, a class war – against public education, with our political lords eroding confidence in the system either through overt rhetoric or in more subtle ways, the negative messaging amplified by obscene funding inequities.

At a time of growing inequality, when liberal democracy finds itself under siege, the real balance to “what’s in it for me” is the local high school: open to all comers, accommodating many faiths and backgrounds but striving for a common language and universal truth. The case for public education is more urgent than ever.

The reasons for the war: 1. Like elsewhere in the West, Australia’s political elite is disconnected from the concerns of ordinary people, and 2. Our political leaders are hostage to a private schools lobby that purrs about wanting the best for all schools, but they don’t, obviously, because it’s a law of the market that competitors seek to crush each other.

For years we’ve been sold this con job that funding private schools takes pressure off the public system when the reverse is true. A bigger public system would offer economies of scale. Gutting high schools of middle-class families, their resources and networks, residualising public education so that it becomes an option of last resort, with plunging standards and expectations, simply increases the long-term welfare burden for taxpayers. And what about the long-term psychic injury we’re inflicting on ourselves by raising children in stratified and segregated environments?

 

via The great public v private education con job