If I treat you as what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that. Goethe
Welcome to the latest version of this page. Over recent times there have been a number of educational events, discussions, reports, claims, counter-claims, suggestions, opinions and much, much more. To cover all would be, if not impossible, a mammoth task. Some will have a minor effect [if any] on education. Others, if taken up, or even responded to, may have long term effects of a significant nature. Meanwhile ...
- We are now in the midst of analysing what has occurred with the site throughout 2018. In doing so we have used collected data relating to site and page usage, time on page, levels of support with information for inclusion [e.g. conferences], access to a variety of other sources not previously available and more. We have also considered whether the presentation format is still appropriate and whether improvements could be made and our capacity to carry this out effectively. Importantly, we have looked at personal factors which have had an impact over the last 12-15 months and what effect this has on whether we can continue to offer and maintain the same level of content. This is supported by a range of initial analysis based on all factors.
- For example, pages only attracting from single, to low double figures, usage over several months do not warrant continued inclusion. Early indications based on the combination of factors suggest it will not be sensible to maintain everything. The range of individuals and governmental and other bodies now targetting specific areas through numerous websites, blogs, podcasts, etc., are also replacing a number of areas we have previously covered, and to a far greater depth than we can possibly achieve.
- Modification will be essential. We will decide upon our capacity, eliminate what has not proven of value to the site’s users, recompile what we can manage, renew those pages, add further information as we find it and update all pages to ensure they retain value for you. Hopefully you find the site useful enough to continue using it regularly throughout the coming year. We look forward to serving you throughout this time.
- ‘The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training will inquire into and report on the status of the teaching profession, considering opportunities to improve outcomes in a range of areas. The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by 21 December 2018’. Information about the Terms of Reference can be found here, with further information on a second page. There is also information about Making a submission and how to Lodge a submission on these pages.
- School funding continues to be a “hot topic” for discussion. There have been a mass of articles, opinions and other commentary over some considerable time. One of the latest offerings [from the ABC] has been the site titled Counting the cost of the education revolution. As part of their introduction they indicate - ‘The dataset, which has only been released to a handful of researchers, provides a more detailed picture of school funding than any publicly available data’, and it allows you to to make a number of comparisons not commonly available before. You might like to look at what is being offered, making sure to read the introductory notes to ensure you understand what is being presented.
- While you are reviewing the information being offered here, you might also like to consider what is included in two of the most recent commentary pieces from Chris Bonnor [The ABC of school funding] and Lyndsay Connors [Time for a long hard look at the goals and purposes of schooling]. They also provide sensible, well-reasoned consideration of the current position in regard to funding.
- 🎅 🤶 Finally, we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support over the last year and wish you an enjoyable festive season and a time to relax and recharge the batteries ready for the coming year. You will undoubtedly have earned it.
We have included several more articles in the section below. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced about all aspects of education. It often proves difficult to select only a few to appear. However, as someone once said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
What you need to know if your child with a disability is starting school soon
[The Conversation, 16/1]
The most in-demand university courses this year
[The Age, 16/1]
What lies ahead for our unis
[The Australian, 16/1]
Schools ‘critical’ to tackling inactivity crisis
[The Educator Australia, 15/1]
Teacher bullying out of control
[The Australian, 15/1]
Aspiring Vic teachers face new standards
[EducationHQ Australia, 15/1]
Government performance metrics for growth funding
[Campus Morning Mail, 14/1]
Graduate Job Hopes Improving
[The Australian, 11/1]
National curriculums don’t always work for rural and regional schools
[The Conversation, 10/1]
Teacher qualifications improving, new report shows
[The Educator Australia, 9/1]
Supporting regional students
to study STEM
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 8/1]
‘Betraying our children’ : Academics stifling teaching standards
[SMH, Education, Opinion, 8/1]
Teaching as a vocation [Allan Patience]
[Pearls and Irritations, 7/1]
Six ways to support new teachers to stay in the profession
[The Conversation, 3/1]
1996 Cabinet papers : HECS ideas pursued and rejected
[Andrew Norton, Commentary from Carlton, 1/1]
Low ATAR students admitted into teaching degrees on the rise
[The Canberra Times, 30/12]
Higher education policy in 2018 : Culture wars reignite, but in the end it’s all about the money
[The Conversation, 28/12]
Is James Ruse the best school in Australia ?
[Australian Financial Review, 27/12]
Australian universities’ dependence on overseas students : too much of a good thing [Bob Birrell, Katharine Betts]
[Pearls and Irritations, 27/12]
SCEGGS Darlinghurst fees hit $38 000 as Sydney parents feel education fee crunch
[SMH, Education, 26/12]
Schools policy in 2018 : reflecting on the big events and the new developments
[The Conversation, 21/12]