It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong.
Martin H. Fischer
Welcome to the latest update of this page. Over the recent period there have been a number of expected educational events, discussions, reports, claims, counter-claims, suggestions, opinions and much, much more. To cover all would be, if not impossible, a herculean task. Some will have a minor effect [if any] on the path of education. Others, if taken up or responded to, may have long term effects of a considerable nature. Several of interest are covered in the commentary below. Meanwhile ...
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We seem to be entering a period where culture wars, curriculum components and other ways of developing a modern education are
bringing out suggestions and recommendations from many sources. Some may be considered viable, others not. But an interesting
opinion piece by Peter van Onselen may be worth considering before people get too
excited. I don’t always agree with everything he writes, but there is a lot of common sense in what he advocates here.
Perhaps others might also consider what he indicates.
It is that time of year again. Undergraduate applications open for the coming year. In addition, School Recommendation Schemes
[SRS] also begin at this time. Check with the Universities Admissions body relevant to you and make sure you are aware of
everything involved with these processes.
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’.
There are recently produced items that warrant at least a brief mention. See what you think about each and whether you agree or not. Most items are Australian in origin. Follow each link that piques your particular interests.
Challenges in STEM Learning in Australian Schools
‘Australian STEM education seems caught in a whirlpool of
problems that are contributing to each other. It is not possible to break out of the downward cycle from within the current system
and it requires policy changes that address the issues raised in this report. This report is informed by a literature and policy review
undertaken by the authors in 2017, as well as by the key messages of the ACER 2016 Research Conference, Improving STEM Learning : What will it take ?’.
National Industry Insights Report
A first view this may not appear all that educational. In fact, though, it ‘provides high-level analysis of industry skills
needs, and the factors and trends affecting the demand for skills at a national and cross-industry level’. In an age when skill
requirements are changing rapidly and schools are often struggling to keep up and cope with these changes, some background information
could be of considerable value.
Participation in tertiary education in Australia
‘Australia needs more people participating in vocational education and training [VET] or university studies to ensure our
future prosperity. However under current policy settings, a smaller proportion of Australians will take up tertiary studies into the
next decade, if recent trends continue’. Peter Noonan and Sarah Pilcher do a great job of looking at this and making numerous
The State of Student Social and
‘The Report makes a valuable contribution to the expansion of collective knowledge on the topic of student social and
emotional health. It unveils groundbreaking findings into the social and emotional well-being of more than 10 000 Australian
students from Prep through to Year 12, as perceived by both students and their teachers’. Importance, definition, Important
Findings, variation between teacher and student perceptions and much more.
Unique individuals, broad skills
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. ‘The Committee was required to inquire
into and report on how students are supported from school to work including a number of specific matters’. This report gives
details of the process and their findings.
What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
Jennifer Buckingham and Blaise Joseph are very clear about what they feel is wrong. Their introduction states ‘This policy
paper is not a point-by-point critique of the Gonski 2.0 report [‘the Review’]. It is rather an analysis of some of the key
recommendations, and an appraisal of the Review’s fulfilment of the Terms of Reference’. See if you agree with their
Uni can be fatal for your finances
[The Australian, 15/8]
Research boosts Australian universities in global Shanghai rankings
[Australian Financial Review, Opinion, 15/8]
Ten reasons teachers can struggle to use technology in the classroom
[The Conversation, 14/8]
Calls grow for ‘comprehensive’ NAPLAN review
[The Educator Australia, 13/8]
School systems failing gifted students, expert says
[EducationHQ Australia, 13/8]
Coalition ‘alarmed’ after students with Atars as low as 17.9 accepted into teaching
[The Guardian, 12/8]
The 9 questions to ask yourself before homeschooling your child.
5 facts on school funding
[The Centre for Independent Studies, 10/8]
Stage two in SA universities merger proposal
[Campus Morning Mail, 9/8]
Child care providers and parents reporting teething problems with new subsidy system
[NABC Politics, 9/8]
KPMG’s report displays lack of understanding
[Universities Australia, 8/8]
Is TAFE or university better ? Five TAFE myths debunked
[Herald Sun, 7/8]