Education means inspiring someone’s mind, not just filling their head. Katie Lusk
Welcome to the latest update 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. Several are covered in commentary below. Meanwhile ...
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- ‘The Australian Parents Council want to hear what are the education and school issues that most concern you including : What do you really care about ? What education choices have you made and why did you make them ?. Whatever your opinion and wherever your child goes to school we want to hear from you. Please share this survey with your friends and networks. The more responses we get the better. Our survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete, but you are very welcome to add more detail and comments’. You can find the survey at this link.
- Recently, we made note of Robert French, Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, who gave the Eighth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance at Charles Darwin University which was titled ‘Free Speech and the Law on Campus – Do we need a Charter of Rights just for Universities ?’. At the time we did not have a connection to the transcript. If you are interested and have yet to access a copy, it can be found at this link.
- The Australian Computer Society will be running a Global ICT Educators Event in Sydney on 6 November 2018, Brisbane on 7 November 2018 and Melbourne on 8 November 2018, in conjunction with Lego Education. Registrations close on 1 November 2018 for all three sites. A major bonus is the presence of Mitch Resnick as the speaker. All other details are available from the relevant pages listed above.
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these may also be referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area. It often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. However, as someone once said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
Review into university freedom of speech
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 14/11]
Expanding suspension powers for schools is harmful and ineffective
[The Conversation, 13/11]
Sydney University launches $6.5 million Global Mathematics Institute
[SMH, Education, 12/11]
Raid on uni research to fund regional uni package
[Universities Australia, 12/11]
Victoria faces teacher shortage as student numbers surge
[ABC, News, 12/11]
Government commits $134m to new regional education package
[Campus Morning Mail, 12/11]
TAFE’s new business model loses revenue
[Australian Financial Review, 11/11]
Professor takes on Ramsay naysayers
[The Australian, 10/11]
Universities might still be caught in the campaign finance net
[Andrew Norton, Commentary from Carlton, 8/11]
UK and Australian universities launch ‘co-created’ online degree
[Times Higher Education [THE], 8/11]
Australia Has One of the Most Socially Segregated Schools Systems in the World
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 8/11]
Discrimination recriminations in the debate about private schools
[Pearls and Irritations, 7/11]