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

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 a school in the lead up to NAPLAN knows the high stakes culture that has evolved around it. This happens often despite efforts by principals to keep it low key and efforts by teachers to protect their

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 was billed as part of a $73.6 billion Student Achievement Plan. At first I found the latter figure bewildering because the $73.6 billion did not seem to fit with the Commonwealth expenditure on schools of $14 billion

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

Teaching literacy is more than teaching simple reading skills: it can’t be done in five easy steps

By Robyn Ewing

If we truly care about all Australian children and young people becoming literate I believe it is vital we understand and define the complexity of literacy. The conflation of different terms like reading instruction and literacy is not very useful. While reading is part of literacy, literacy is a much bigger concept which is continually

What is a teacher in the 21st century and what does a 21st century teacher need to know?

By Ian Menter

There is now almost universal recognition around the world that ‘teaching matters’ and that the quality of teaching

ATAR is a university marketing tool: 4 reasons to stop obsessing about it

By Marcia Devlin

The recent ‘revelation’ that Australian universities are not sticking to their advertised course cut-offs has caused a ruckus. Some even see it as a scandal: universities are admitting students with much lower (gasp) than advertised Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks (ATARs), even into ‘top’ courses. I think it is time to look at some facts around

First in family to attend university: latest Australian research findings

By Suzanne Macqueen

Over the past fifty years there has been a huge increase in enrolments in higher education in many

Global Teacher Prize: wonderful acknowledgement or really bad idea?

By Charlotte Pezaro

You couldn’t miss the announcement of the winner of the Global Teacher Prize recently. The prize money was