There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less. Kurt Hahn
The summer break in education has now come and gone. Schools have re-opened around the nation, tertiary centres have also commenced their year, while many [if not all] in the early childhood sector have continued doing what they do throughout this period. At the same time the political side of education has been getting a lot of attention, as a number of elections are now getting closer and closer. With all this, there also seems to be a new enthusiasm for generating news about the education sector. Indeed it is getting difficult to try and include a representative selection of such headlines, and not because of the paucity of content being offered. Found among the information being put out there are the following.
- A program titled Schools Cyber Security Challenges has been launched by the Australian Computing Academy at the University of Sydney [in partnership with a number of other groups]. Their Press Release on 19 February, gives a good overview of what is intended. One initial description - it is ‘a $1.35 million national program which will see cyber security taught to Years 7-10 students for the first time in Australia’.
- The first of the challenges, Challenge #1, ‘introduces students to cyber security fundamentals and is now accessible by teachers and schools across the country’. There is a wealth of information available from the initial site listed above and covers inputs and support from a wide range of sectors. Be aware that ‘A national roadshow and professional workshops for teachers are to be scheduled through 2019. Send us an email to register your interest in attending an event in your nearest major centre’.
- Reviews and Surveys also seem to be topics of the moment. The Australian Qualifications Framework Review, chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, ‘is holding Stakeholder consultation sessions in all capital cities and Albury-Wodonga and Townsville throughout February and early March 2019’. As this is the first review in this specific area for nearly a decade it will be interesting to see what results. However, you will need to wait till September for the review to be completed. If you are interested then you are encouraged to see how and where you can become a part of the process.
- Meanwhile, a ‘newbie’ has appeared among the surveys. NCVER will launch ‘the first ever survey of Australia’s vocational education and training [VET] workforce’ in March. This ‘will provide a better picture of how many people are working in the VET sector to help with future planning and to better support the VET workforce’. Selected RTOs will be contacted soon to gain their participation. With all the turmoil currently being experienced in this area, any information gained should prove valuable. More information can be found on the The National VET Workforce Survey site.
- If you watched the Child Genius Australia series on SBS in 2018, you may be interested in the following information. ‘If you are a family experiencing the joys and challenges of parenting a gifted child, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for young children aged between 7 and 12 to take part in a competition series that will celebrate the incredible talents of extraordinary children. National Auditions will be held - Late March to Mid April 2019’. You can find details and the application process on this page Not sure what it is all about ? You can get a taster of the program from 2018 by using this link.
Uncapping funding is no threat to university efficiency
[The Australian, 20/3]
Discipline always the key to excellence at school
[The Centre for Independent Studies, 20/3]
The six keys to school success
[The Australian, 19/3]
From play to pressure; a Finnish perspective on Australian schools
[SMH, Education, 18/3]
New TAFE program for Aboriginal health-care students sees a near perfect completion rate
[The Conversation, 18/3]
Overwhelming majority of Australians say international students are important to our economy
[Universities Australia, 18/3]
Here comes Google with a game-changer
[Campus Morning Mail, 18/3]
Climate strikes attract 150,000 supporters
[EducationHQ Australia, 18/3]
‘Massive implications’ : when working families fall off the Hinch Cliff
[SMH, Education, 17/3]
Education directorate launches $500k review into student demand
[The Canberra Times, 17/3]
Australian universities play the long game in Indonesia
[University World News, 15/3]
Does school funding improve student outcomes ?
[The Educator Australia, 15/3]
The ups and downs of school fees
[Policy Forum, 14/3]