The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth”. Dan Rather
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 ...
- 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.
- ‘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.
- There has been a lot of comment about the pressures applied to teachers, not only by their employers, but also by others in the wider community. The attrition rate for beginning teachers is quite noticeable. In many instances, teaching generally is not regarded very highly. This is not just restricted to Australia. Most People Wouldn’t Want Their Child to Become a Teacher, Poll Finds [Education Week] provides research from the USA indicating negative concerns expressed by parents about the possibility of their children wanting to become teachers. It is probable this would also be the case in a number of other countries, even though there are some where teacher status alone would not allow this to occur. Interesting findings and food for thought.
- A few days ago, Robert French, Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, gave the Eighth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance at Charles Darwin University. It was titled ‘Free Speech and the Law on Campus – Do we need a Charter of Rights just for Universities ?’. Information about the event indicated “There has recently been public discussion of the concepts of academic freedom and of freedom of expression generally on university campuses in Australia and other countries. The Oration will canvass the content and history of those freedoms, whether they are under threat and whether special measures are necessary to protect freedom of speech and diversity of views in our institutions of higher learning”. I have not yet found a copy, but from all reports it is well worth hearing. Why not see if you can find it over the next few weeks and see whether you agree or disagree with what he has said.
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’.
Schools are falling prey to PD businesses, expert says
[EducationHQ Australia, 10/10]
Labor pledges $14bn for public schools over 10 years if it wins election
[The Guardian, 10/10]
QandA : Education system close to rock bottom
Australian experts deliver school leadership program to USA
[Education Today, 8/10]
Students need different skills for a changing world
[The Age, Education, Opinion, 8/10]
Pay per view : financial penalties proposed for unis that ban controversial speakers
[Campus Morning Mail, 8/10]
Unis rethink policies to protect free speech
[The Australian, 6/10]
States will support preschool plan : Labor
[EducationHQ Australia, 5/10]
Distraction or cutting edge ? This is how ACT schools use smartphones
[The Canberra Times, 5/10]
Teachers’ union stance wrong on reading
[The Centre for Independent Studies, 5/10]
We need to change negative views of the jobs VET serves to make it a good post-school option
[The Conversation, 4/10]
Labor announces $1.8b plan to educate Australia’s toddlers
[Australian Financial Review, 4/10]