school reform

National Evidence Base for educational policy: a good idea or half-baked plan?

By James Ladwig

The recent call for a ‘national education evidence base’ by the Australian Government came as no surprise to Australian educators. The idea is that we need to gather evidence, nationally, on which education policies, programs and teaching practices work in order for governments to spend money wisely on education. There have long been arguments that

Are think tanks having too much influence on Australian schooling policies?

By Glenn C. Savage

The past decade has seen think tanks operate in sophisticated ways to influence the development of Australian schooling

Why condemning international tests is a distraction, and what we really should be worried about

By Des Griffin

Governments all around the world seem to be influenced by the international rankings of students by the Organisation

Education in Australia needs to change direction NOW, before it’s too late

By John Fischetti and Scott Imig

We believe the next five years are vital to the future of education in Australia. As we see

Urgent: take a closer look at the Abbott Government’s plans for school funding

By Bronwyn Hinz

Two months ago, four proposals for reforming government roles and responsibilities in schooling were leaked from the Abbott

Changing from single sex to co-ed can be good if based on educational (not economic) reasons

By Judith Gill

Single sex versus co-ed schooling is back in the news with the announcement from The Armidale School, a traditional, private, all boy school, that it is turning co-ed. Of course there are many opinions about it, you probably have your own. So, as someone who has written extensively on the issue, here is mine. I’m

Our obsession with school achievement data is misplaced: we’re measuring the wrong things.

By Linda Graham

In 2008 Australia began a national assessment program that tests school children in Years 3, 5, 7 and

Mainstream schools have a lot to learn from the way flexi-schools engage students

By Martin Mills

Everyone has an opinion on why young people disengage from school. The topic arouses significant comment from politicians,

Current school reform agenda undermines intelligence and creativity in schools

By Des Griffin

Education should aim to achieve the enhancement of intelligence. However, current education reform action is driven by narrow