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
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
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
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
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
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
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
AEC president Correna Haythorpe said Mr Turnbull should restore $1.9 billion in funding for public education rather than strike special deals.
“Public schools were victims of savage funding cuts under Gonski 2.0, and they must have their funding restored before Mr Turnbull considers any further special funding deals for private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.
There are 1730 Catholic schools educating round 760,000 students across the country.
There are 1061 independent schools educating 604,000 students.
There are 6639 public schools with 2.52 million students across the country.
via School funding war erupts in challenge to Turnbull
Make no mistake, the government’s proposed lowering of the university debt repayment threshold to $45,000 will hurt female graduates the most. And the impact will be most felt by women in some of the most essential, yet underpaid professions in the country.
Women graduates will hurt the most
But the lucrative donation was mired in controversy. In April the former prime minister Tony Abbott – also a member of the Ramsay Centre board – published an article in the conservative publication Quadrant stating that the Ramsay Centre was “not merely about western civilisation but in favour of it”.
In the article Abbott criticised contemporary university education, writing that “every element of the curriculum … pervaded by Asian, Indigenous and sustainability perspectives”.
“Almost entirely absent from the contemporary educational mindset was any sense that cultures might not all be equal and that truth might not be entirely relative,” he wrote.
That sparked a backlash against the degree from the National Tertiary Education Union and students over fears about its academic independence of the degree. There was concern from within academia about the influence the Ramsay Centre would have over the curriculum and fears that it would push one narrow view of history.
via University explains why it walked away from western civilisation degree | Australia news | The Guardian
Mindfullness may treat the symptoms but fails to address a cure. The Nordic approach to Education over the past 2 decades has adressed the very roots and causes of unnecessary stress in schools the family relieving stress inherent in non universal education turning education back to a process of learning rather than the constant attention to testing and competition for a limited resource.( ODT)
“We’ve collected some data in the one year we’ve been implementing it and teachers all say students have been more productive in the classroom and more focused and calm, particularly after a session. It’s a wonderful reason to continue it if our goal is to improve educational outcomes.”
Homebush West started mindfulness lessons in response to evidence that supporting students’ wellbeing can lead to higher academic achievement as well as health and social outcomes, Mrs Picoaga said.
via Schools turn to mindfulness to tackle student anxiety
“The biggest barrier is the upper year 11 and 12 curriculum which is so favoured toward tertiary entrance.
“Fixing up secondary school and allowing kids to achieve ‘excellence’ even if they want to be a panelbeater or a barista or a chemist is something that we’ve never had on the table in Australia.”
A rethink was “pretty damn critical”, Professor Hattie said. His University of Melbourne colleague John Polesel, whose research in this area was cited by the Gonski 2.0 review, noted Australia was well behind Denmark and Germany, where about 25 and 50 per cent of their respective high schoolers undertake an apprenticeship.
“The reasons they work well are because the employers actually play a role in designing and delivering the courses and also providing that workplace experience, so that young people are actually learning on the job,” Professor Polesel said.
“That doesn’t come cheap. For those employers to do that, they actually have to bear a short-term cost. But the short-term costs of training them are worth it in the long run because … you end up getting a skilled employee who can actually do what you want them to do because you’ve taught them how to do it.”
via ‘Pretty damn critical’: Education experts urge big business to step into the classroom
Little did she know that five months later, Sage would shut down and become yet another footnote in what was arguably the biggest public policy scandal in Australian history: the systematic rorting of the vocational education and training system.
via Education: Australia’s vocational education system is still creating victims
Finland has no Private Schools but far far better outcomes
Inequalities of educational opportunities and experiences are a result of socially segregated schools. Australia has one of the largest resource gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in the OECD. Australia has large the largest gap in the shortage of teachers between disadvantaged and advantaged schools among all OECD countries.
Disadvantaged schools in Australia also have far fewer educational materials (books, facilities, laboratories) than high SES schools. This gap is the third largest in the OECD, with only Chile and Turkey showing larger inequalities between schools.
via To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
PS For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do for you just look at the cabinet.
Even when it’s suggested that equality of opportunity in education is a noble pursuit and the right of every child, people like Christopher Pyne , when he was Education Minister, used to say it was class warfare and he ludicrously described the Gonski reforms as such. Mind you at the same time, he confessed to never having read the report.
Now years down the track we have the farcical situation where education is still a mess with the Coalition having a secret slush fund to top up the funding of the private school system while taking money from the Catholic School system.
Why is it so? Why do we deny every kids right to a decent education. You would think that even conservatives when they look into the eyes of the innocent child wouldn’t deny them an education equal to that of any child.
After all they could churn out capitalists who might vote for the. party. As it stands once my generation has passed on their voting pool will be very shallow.
via Day to Day Politics: For an evaluation of what a splendid education can do, just look at the cabinet. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Many of the country’s wealthiest private schools are receiving bonus payments from a secretive fund the Turnbull government claims is necessary to help schools transition to its Gonski 2.0 funding model.
On Sydney’s north shore alone, Loreto Kirribilli, St Aloysius’ College and St Ignatius’ Riverview are among the 102 independent schools – most of them in NSW – receiving top-up payments from the $7.1 million pool in 2018.
via Richest private schools get payments from $7m government ‘slush fund’
Until today, John Goldman was a Senior Manager of Finance, Analysis and Strategy for the Washington, DC Public Charter School Board. But today Goldman was suspended pending investigation after photos surfaced of him at parties with known neonazis and white supremacists as the pseudonymous “Jack Murphy,” self-proclaimed liberal-turned-conservative in the age of Trump.
“Murphy,” it seems, was a foe of Richard Spencer. Still it appears they share some fundamental beliefs, though Murphy/Goldman claims he was a Democrat who now has a man-crush on Trump. Apparently former Democrats can be white supremacist men’s rights advocates too!
John Goldman has now admitted that his online alter ego is “Jack Murphy,” but remains unapologetic about his stated beliefs and why he holds them.
Here are some samples of what Murphy/Goldman believes:
via ‘Feminists Need Rape’: DC Charter School Board Official Exposed As White Supremacist, Rape Advocate | Crooks and Liars
The very opposite of the conservative approach to schooling. Far too left wing and anti-Assimilation. Our youth might become probelm solvers and encouraged to think for themselves(Old Dog Thought)
via ‘Too much control’: Pasi Sahlberg on what Finland can teach Australian schools | Australia news | The Guardian
It’s the education superpower that leaders from around the world watch closely.Now the tables have turned and Finland wants to study what’s happening in Victorian schools.
Source: Why education superpower Finland is interested in Victorian schools
You can understand why young people resent being lumbered with education debt when governments have gone for years tolerating distortions in the tax system – negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount – that favour older people buying investment properties over first-home buyers, and push the price of homes and the size of home loans even higher.And it’s understandable that graduates should be uncertain about the economic value of their degrees at a time when so many uni leavers are taking so long to find a full-time job – which is partly because the past few years of weakness in employers’ demand for workers is being borne mainly at the entry level, and partly because universities have lowered the average value of their degrees by lowering entry standards and by educating far more people for particular occupations than are ever likely to be needed.
Source: The young are mostly right, they are getting a bad deal
Scholarships at private schools might be highly sought after, but they cause otherwise progressive people to support institutions that maintain structural inequality in society
Source: I was a poor kid at a wealthy private school. It gave me social mobility, but also a sense of shame | Education | The Guardian
Only Romania and Turkey were ranked below Australia in education in the latest UNICEF report card.
Source: UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education
With university fees set to rise, and job prospects in the arts sector remaining bleak, many aspiring creative types are faced with a dilemma: is going to art school worth it?
Source: Art school is expensive and career options are limited, so why do students still go? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Over-educated, under-employed and often living with the parents, life as a Millennial is not an easy ride.
Source: Think millennials are lazy? Think again
On February 7, Betsy Devos was confirmed as the nation’s new education secretary after a contentious 50-50 vote in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.
Source: Education for Sale? | The Nation
In one year, Gurkhas Institute of Technology increased its government funding by 104,000 per cent as part of the uncontrolled explosion in vocational education courses being sold.
Source: Vocational education a debacle waiting to happen
Academics increasingly are being targeted by conservative elements.
Source: Professor Who Criticized Trump Is in Hiding After Death Threats – Truthdig
Politicians need to recognise that decisions made about education are best made by educators, Gabrielle Stroud writes.
Source: NAPLAN results show it is time to hand trust back to teachers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Finland’s education system is always in the top ten in international ratings and is considered one of the best in the world. The authorities have decided to make changes in their already excellent school system.
Source: Finland Set To Become First Country To Remove All Traditional School Subjects
Our kids deserve an education that produces creative, innovative thinkers — not robots, writes Gabrielle Stroud.
Source: Year 12 exams: Our kids deserve better than this – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
By Peter Hopkins | (The Conversation) | – – Rio 2016 is proving not just to be a platform for …
Source: Five truths about the Hijab (Muslim Veil) that need to be told | Informed Comment
It’s not surprising that conservatives are fans of Direct Instruction. It’s their whole life. Many of them are religious. They do not/cannot question the belief drilled into them from birth for fear of being labelled an heretic or being excommunicated or at least having to do penance. Many conservatives are fans of more standardised tests…
Source: Conservatives are a product of Direct Instruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Can a man be a feminist? A year 12 student asked me this recently for a school project, and I was thinking, duh.
Source: Our culture of separatism leads to a life of fear
Schools associated with the Church of Scientology are receiving more government funding per student than hundreds of Australian public schools.
Source: Public funding for schools associated with Church of Scientology revealed
Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany
Source: No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | World news | The Guardian
Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a “sin” that deprived children of their playtime. Many critic
Source: Homework Could Have An Impact On Kids’ Health. Should Schools Ban It? | IFLScience
Those who missed the ABC’s Lateline last Wednesday night lost the opportunity to learn about a private (they would prefer the term ‘independent’) school in Sydney that actually seems to want to make a difference. Barker College, a co-educational school in the Anglican tradition, based at Hornsby in Northern Sydney owns and operates the Darkinjung…
Source: Feed a man a fish – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The idea that smart kids should sacrifice their own education to drag up their peers from non-English speaking families is simply obnoxious.
Source: White flight in schools: it’s not about racism
The Bavarian parliament has held a discussion on whether Hitler’s notorious ‘Mein Kampf’ should become a part of the school curriculum. The idea was blasted by the country’s Jewish groups who called the book an “antisemitic concoction of hatred.”
Source: Bavaria may introduce Hitler’s Mein Kampf in schools to ‘immunize’ youngsters — RT News
As the ups and downs of the mining boom stole the headlines Australia was experiencing a less celebrated economic transformation: a know-how boom.
Source: Australia will have to face the consequences of its education gap
An education resource that teaches girls and boys that sexual intimacy should be pleasurable shouldn’t be revolutionary in 2016 – but it is
Source: Education that teaches girls sex should be ‘pleasurable’. What took them so long? | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian
Collapse of major private vocational education provider could see colleges close over next 48 hours.
Source: Up to 12,000 students in limbo after Vocation collapse