Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein
Welcome to a new page. There seems to be a miscellany of topics to consider. These range from the New child care package through to Gonski Funding [as if it ever went away], student dissociation from their studies, people not wanting to be at the university they are attending, concerns about vocational education, international education and those perennial favourites - NAPLAN and the role of the ATAR - to name just a few. Of course, financial consideration always puts its head above the parapet whenever education is mentioned, and this continued to be the case over recent times.
At the same time, gifted education and selective schools, in particular, were given a right going over from many quarters, and for a host of reasons. Some of the comments ranged from too far for students to travel, only elites could attend, coaching to ensure entry was wrong, social cohesion was being destroyed, ... . More on this below. In addition, we note the following specific reminders for your information.
- The New child care package will come into force from 2 July 2018 and ‘the child care fee assistance your family receives will change’. If you have not already dealt with this, or want to find additional information visit this site.
- The National Review of Teacher Registration is under way and you have the opportunity to make your thoughts known. However, the closing date for submissions is 7 May 2018. If you are interested, you need to get moving.
- Wikispaces has been around for some time and has been used by numerous education personnel to produce quality resources which are used by many in the profession. Regrettably, Wikispaces is about to close. Classroom and free wikis will end on 31 July 2018, while other types will end at later dates. If you value them, now is the time to ensure you have copies and perhaps to thank those whose work has helped you over a period of time. Perhaps people will be shifting content to other sites and this could provide valuable information for you as well. More information from the site.
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these are also referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area and it often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. As someone said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
Education, which way forward ?
[Pearls and Irritations, 18/5]
A Teacher Survey is the start to better schooling
[Daily Telegraph, Opinion, 16/5]
VET needs vision and a good deal more support for private providers
[The Australian, 16/5]
The changing face of Initial Teacher Education must still have quality teaching at its core
[EducationHQ Australia, 16/5]
The universities undergraduates rate and the ones they don’t
[Campus Morning Mail, 16/5]
Schools tackle teacher shortages with online language classes from overseas
[ABC Radio Australia, 14/5]
Ruining Gonski’s school funding plan
[The Saturday Paper, Opinion, 14/5]
Vocational education and training : time to think more laterally and creatively
[Australian Financial Review, 13/5]
Labor pledges $9bn to boost graduate numbers
[The Australian, 12/5]
NSW school curriculum set for massive overhaul
[SMH, Education, 12/5]
Another Failure of Govt Oversight of Private Schools
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 10/5]