Education policy

The NSW Education Standards Authority responds to Charlotte Pezaro’s post: Specialist maths and science teachers in primary schools are part – a key part – of the solution

By Peter Lee

This blog post is a response to Charlotte’s Pezaro’s post Specialist science and maths teachers in primary schools

Specialist science and maths teachers in primary schools are not the solution

By Charlotte Pezaro

The idea to put specialist science and maths teachers into Australian primary schools gained a lot of support after the latest results of international tests were announced. It even became official policy in NSW last year when then Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, announced a plan to deliver hundreds of specialist STEM (science, technology, engineering and

Fast policy: when educational research morphs into quick fixes and ‘silver bullets’

By Steven Lewis and Anna Hogan

Education is increasingly positioned as a problem in need of fixing. Faced with demands for accountability and transparency

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

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 policies. Think tanks such as the Grattan Institute, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and the Whitlam Institute have contributed significantly to policy debates, particularly on ‘bright light’ national reforms such

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

Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker: Pyne’s higher education reforms doomed to failure

By Stephen Parker

Christopher Pyne and I were on diametrically opposite sides over the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill and

Charter schools: an old, flawed idea and wrong for Australia

By David Zyngier

A new report proposes Australia adopt a US styled charter school, or UK type academies, approach as a

Three issues I have with the minister’s Gayby Baby intervention

By Nicole Mockler

Many thousands of words have been written about Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, intervening to stop Burwood Girls High School screening the documentary film Gayby Baby in school time. As an educator and educational researcher, three important issues were raised for me. But first a quick recap of the episode. What happened The NSW Education Minister