educational reform

Why appeasing Latham won’t make our students any more remarkable

By James Ladwig

Are our schools making the kids we think we should? The tussle between politics and education continues and Latham is just the blunt end of what is now the assumed modus operandi of school policy in Australia.  Many readers of this blog no doubt will have noticed a fair amount of public educational discussion about NSW’s

What does ‘back to basics’ really mean? What ‘reforms’ are being signalled this time?

By Naomi Barnes

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been describing the NSW curriculum review as a signal to go “back to basics” despite Professor Geoff Masters, who headed up the review, insisting it is more about decluttering the curriculum.  To educators like me the phrase “back to basics” has signalled different education reforms over the years, which begs the

Is this what Dan Tehan means by ‘back to basics’? The Mparntwe Declaration

By Melitta Hogarth

The Mparntwe Declaration was released at the end of last year.  I do not use the official full title of the document on purpose.  I do this as a final hurrah to 2019, the Year of Indigenous Languages and I do this because, as was pointed out, this was the first time a national education

Put professional judgement of teachers first or we’ll never get the systemic education improvements we all want. Let’s talk about it

By James Ladwig

In this blog I’d like to bring together three different lines of educational analysis to show how our

Critical educational reforms and dirty toilets: being honest about blockages and contradictions

By Michael Apple

Large numbers of educators, community activists, and social movements are rightly deeply involved in the struggles for a

Secondary schooling in Australia needs to change: throw out the tests and bring in deep learning

By Jane Hunter

There is a problem in some Australian secondary schools right now.  ‘Endgame’ assessments such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in NSW and the requirements of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to gain entrance to university, place restrictions on the kinds of teaching and learning that goes on in classrooms. Some teachers are frustrated

NSW Education Standards Authority: is this new authority genuine reform or political spin?

By Nan Bahr and Donna Pendergast

A key recommendation of the recently released Review of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) is a call for “a more risk based approach to the Authority’s regulatory work”. The BOSTES, renamed in the review as the NSW Education Standards Authority, is the authority that governs school education standards in New

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

Educational researchers unite to challenge inequality in Australian schooling

By Stewart Riddle

Educational inequality in Australia is persistent. One in four young Australians are now being left behind according to

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