What is happening with higher education in this election? (Yes you should be worried)

By Marcia Devlin

You might share my concerns about what is looming for higher education in the coming election. A returned conservative government would continue with its agenda to significantly cut funding to universities. It appears likely continue with its plan to deregulate fees, albeit at a slower pace than previously proposed. However the alternative that Labor seems

What’s a Good Education System Worth?

By Nicole Mockler

The Turnbull Government’s education election manifesto, Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes claims (several times over) that when it comes to the funding of schooling, it matters less how much is spent and more how the resources are spent. This is a convenient argument for a government chasing a budget surplus, and the Turnbull Government makes no

Is ‘pedagogical love’ the secret to Finland’s educational success?

By Tom Stehlik

Teachers and teacher educators in Finland are well aware that Finnish schoolchildren perform well in academic metrics such as PISA, but they seem much more concerned that their children are happy. It was something that impressed me immensely when I visited the country. The wellbeing of children is central to Finnish society and culture and

It is not easy being a teacher: my story

By Naomi Barnes

I did not become a teacher the day I walked out of university. I was trained as a

The power of reading aloud: not just for babies and little children

By Rosemary Johnston

A recent study on children’s reading found that fewer children are reading for fun. Worse, as children grow up the less they read for fun. Does it matter if children don’t read for fun? They are (sort of) reading on devices and mobiles and using social media anyway. And isn’t this mostly for fun? I

Keyboarding, handwriting or both for 21st century learning?

By Noella Mackenzie

Think about the writing you do each day and what tools you use to do it. If you

Dump NAPLAN stress: here’s a better way to do our national literacy and numeracy testing

By Rachel Wilson

We need to reform our national assessment program as a matter of urgency. Anyone who has stepped into

Turnbull’s $1.2 billion “additional funding” for schools is not additional at all, here’s why

By Bronwyn Hinz

The Turnbull Government budget announced an additional spend of $1.2 billion on schooling between 2018 and 2020. It

Pearson’s insidious plan to profit from poor families in developing countries

By Anna Hogan

Global education business, Pearson, continues to find new ways to make a profit from the education of children