Education policy

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

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

How big business is taking over public schools: is this what we want for Australia?

By Anna Hogan

‘Education will be the biggest growth industry of the 21st century,’ according to Pearson, the world’s largest edu-business, which provides educational content, resources and customisable services, such as online and adaptive learning technologies. With its $9.5billion in sales last year, it is clear that education is proving quite profitable for Pearson and its shareholders. In

How the budget fails public education and what could be done to fix it

By Stewart Riddle

Once more we have a government short-changing public education. Make no mistake about it, despite promising a ‘unity

Students with low ATARs from wealthier families first to gain from Pyne’s reforms

By Trevor Gale

We are being misled about a key plank of Christopher Pyne’s higher education reforms and, until now, the

It’s time to hear the voices missing from research and planning, those of children and young people

By Susan Groundwater-Smith

Children and young people are using services all around us that have been designed for them by grown-ups.

Taking children out of school to travel is not ‘unjustified’: bad policy from NSW Govt

By Linda Knight

I was dismayed by the announcement that time away from school for family holidays will now be marked

Problems with white working class boys plague UK school system

By Garth Stahl

In the United Kingdom, it is widely documented both in academic circles and in the popular press that

Australian schools teach the same texts for decades:good policy or big problem?

By Melissa Jogie

Have you ever noticed your children are studying much the same English texts at school as you did