If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
Welcome back to a new year in education.
We have now completed an update of the site. This took into consideration a number of factors including overall numbers for the site, specific numbers for all pages, time spent on pages, availability of alternative sources of information and our capacity to maintain all sections of the site taking into account recent health factors. While the site may not look significantly different, a number of changes behind the scenes have occurred as indicated below. At the same time a number of difficult decisions have been made in relation to what we can and cannot do in the coming months. A brief summary of changes and decisions is provided below. Thanks go to those who have waited patiently for responses, sometimes not only over weeks but in some cases over months while we worked our way through other matters.
- A number of pages have been deleted due to lack of usage over a 12 month period. All have been replaced by redirects back to the home page. These will remain for a reasonable period of time.
- There are no longer any archive folders. Any pages from previous archive folders which have been retained are now found in the primary folders. All have been replaced by redirects to the new location.
- All retained pages have been updated. There are lost links, added links, while all pages have had links updated. This was accurate on the date at the bottom of the page. However, be aware some sites are in a state of continuous change and there are no guarantees !
- A range of code items have either been updated or added depending on circumstances.
- You will note some pages have a new “red” box at the top. While these pages have been updated and included, there are many other sources available for similar content. We have therefore placed them on hold for the present until we see whether we can cope with updating more than those we have selected. A decision will be made on these as the year progresses. No additions will be made to these pages until that time.
- All other pages will be maintained at the best level possible. This will be done continuously throughout 2018.
- Calendar, Conferences, Competitions and University Open Day pages will continue to be updated each month. [The February update has occurred a few days early to coincide with this larger update.]
- The Contact Us page has a new “red” box at the top. Please read it carefully before you send a request about, or suggestion for, an inclusion. It will save us both valuable time.
- Again, if you are seeking advice, please indicate the state/territory you live in [e.g. Western Australia] and, where necessary the school system in which your child is involved [e.g. Lutheran] so we can be as accurate as possible in our reply. Remember all states and territories, and school systems, operate in slightly different ways.
- A new navigation group has been added to the front page [see above]. This will eliminate the need to scroll the full length of the page to get to the news, suggested articles, or even the commentary which has been included.
- We will continue to monitor changes, even though extensive checking has been done, to ensure the whole of the site is as accurately presented as intended.
Labor pledges inquiry into universities and TAFE sector
[The Guardian, 23/2]
Former education minister blames complacent parents for school results
[SMH, Education, 22/2]
NAPLAN no longer linked to HSC after backlash from parents
[ABC News, 22/2]
Spike in calls to sex assault helplines as uni O-weeks begin
[The Age, Education, 22/2]
Was higher education ever likely to reduce inequality ?
[Andrew Norton, Commentary from Carlton, 21/2]
Indigenous education : closing – and opening – the gaps
[Pearls and Irritations, 21/2]
The Dead Hand of Central Control
[The Australian, 21/2]
Bullying, threats and violence : report details the difficult job of a principal
[The Conversation, 21/2]
ACT government calls for teacher education courses overhaul in review submission
[The Canberra Times, ACT News, 20/2]
Uni funding : a comeback for the way things were
[Campus Morning Mail, 20/2]
Most Indigenous students consigned to schools with least capacity to help
[The Guardian, Opinion, 19/2]
It’s worth getting a degree even if what you learn is useless
[The Age, Education, 17/2]