There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Education, like many other areas has been widely talked about in the news over the last several weeks and this will undoubtedly continue. This has not only been highlighted by the federal election to be held shortly. Covid is still having an ongoing effect, with its impact addressed in a many ways in different states and territories. Several states too, are facing tough times with a number of situations coming to a head in the last week.

As part of the lead up to the federal election, all education levels have attracted attention. Some of this is new, some builds on previous requests and some is the same as at every election. If you have been watching/reading headlines or watching/listening to commentators recently, it would be impossible to miss the strength of many views or the breadth of views being pushed. The same certainly applies to funding being offered, requested or demanded. Similar approaches are adopted in some cases to specific involvement levels by some groups.

Whatever happpens, it will be interesting to see what eventuates. Will those who have taken specific positions have the opportunity to implement what they proposed ? How will they fund the proposal ? Will such commitments be modified, change significantly or even eventuate ? Not only will winning office be enough, parliamentary control will be required after an election where so many options are available to support. The impact of other factors may even see such commitments overwhelmed by other, more urgent needs. Only time will tell.

Our next home page will hopefully provide a chance to look at what the next three years may potentially hold for this essential area.

Why the ATAR will not die is an interesting item reflecting the findings of a research item, with an Executive Summary you can read which ‘contributes to filling the gap in the knowledge about how young people find out about pathways into further education and future careers, including alternative non-ATAR pathways into university and pathways to vocational education’. This, in turn, provides a link to the full research item. All provide for interesting reading, including suggestions for ‘more information in earlier school years, about careers and courses’ and also ‘a role for universities to expand their reach’. If you have been through the process or are about to enter it, this may be a very worthy piece of information to read.

Pasi Sahlberg is always worth reading and By design - New foundations for teaching and learning certainly maintains the high quality of what he thinks and presents. Take your time reading it - it is well worth absorbing everything included, while nothing is more certain than the conclusions drawn in the last few paragraphs. Don’t miss it.

Nominations for the 2022 Tasmanian Training Awards have been open for some time but will close on Monday 30 May 2022. Thse awards ‘celebrate Tasmania’s finest apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers as well as training providers and employers’. They also lead into the Australian Training Awards later in the year. If you want to be involved, check the Tasmanian Training Awards site and see how you can be involved. If you live in another state or territory, why not check if you can be involved in a similar process. We have excellent people in these areas across Australia and they should be recognised for their achievements.

Adult Education Centre, Darwin, 1963

Lorman, Steve, 6 July 1963. Adult Education Centre, Woods Street, Darwin, Northern Territory. Available at : [accessed 9 April 2022]. Northern Territory. Dept. of Lands Collection.

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