Making space in our schools for children to develop their creativity

By Kim Wilson and Janet Dutton

Nurturing creativity is a key focus of twenty-first century educational and employment discourses here and around the world. However we believe secondary school teachers in Australia are frustrated in their efforts to develop creative and critical thinkers who are ready for employment in the 21st century. Crowded curriculums and high-stakes testing make it difficult for

Six reasons Artificial Intelligence technology will never take over from human teachers

By Neil Selwyn

The next twenty years will see teachers under increasing pressure to convincingly justify their existence. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are already prompting calls for teaching to be automated, learner-driven and ‘teacher-proof’. While these technologies might still require non-specialised classroom facilitators and technicians, the role of the highly trained expert teacher is coming under

Gonski’s new plan to reinvent Australian schools for the future has this one big flaw

By John Fischetti

My favourite episode of the American television comedy Seinfeld is the one titled “The Opposite”. Jerry Seinfeld’s mate, George, was always down on his luck until one day he decided to do the opposite of everything that came into his head. His natural instincts had gotten him nowhere. He had no job and was still

Leading ed researchers respond to Australian Govt’s review of rural, regional and remote education

By Melyssa Fuqua for the Rural Education Special Interest Group of the AARE

Response to the report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education (IRRRRE) We welcome the

Hear our voices: growing up with speech, language and communication needs

By Jane McCormack

In kindy, I was very sad for most of the time. Nobody could understand me, so they didn’t

21 simple design elements that will make any School Assessment Task sheet accessible

By Haley Tancredi and Linda Graham and Jill Willis and Kelli McGraw

If you have a child in secondary school in Australia, you are probably familiar with assessment task sheets.

It’s time to be honest with parents about NAPLAN: your child’s report is misleading, here’s how

By Nicole Mockler

You know there is something going wrong with Australia’s national testing program when the education minister of the largest state calls for it to be axed. The testing program, which started today across the nation, should be urgently dumped according to NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, because it is being “used dishonestly as a school

Here’s what is going wrong with ‘evidence-based’ policies and practices in schools in Australia

By James Ladwig

An academic‘s job is, quite often, to name what others might not see. Scholars of school reform in

NAPLAN testing begins for 2018 and here’s what our children think about it

By Angelique Howell

Australia’s national literacy and numeracy testing program, NAPLAN, for 2018 begins today, on Tuesday 15th May. Classrooms have