Media Watch also see http://www.edmediawatch.com/
- So we are going to have selective schools in the Catholic system? Is this the educational equivalent of revenge porn? It is hard to think of a more regressive initiative!
- 'Private Vs public: when parental fear comes up against the research' Josh Bornstein in The Guardian.
- Guess what? The school funding circus is back. Sky News reports. David Gillespie writes in the Courier Mail. The non-govs are screaming before they are hit (fees might go up, they say - that's new!). But nothing beats Bernie Shepherd's research which was reported in The Age. Tanya Plibersek might not want any school to lose a dollar but Trevor Cobbold shows how private schools are over-funded by up to $5 billion.
- Trevor Cobbold's 'How has it come to this?' is a well written expression of frustration shared by so many.
- Interesting article in The Oz reporting conflicting views of public/private school enrolments....with Catholic schools in the spotlight. Meanwhile the independent school lobby is pushing the buttons on school funding.
- Lyndsay Connors asks:Are we sifting and sorting our children … and then scattering them among too many schools?
- Helen Proctor and Arathi Sriprakash write about 'Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class' in The Convo, March 29
- 'Peer pressures' Inside Story, March 15. Tom Greenwell reports on the way new PISA evidence confirms the strong link between SES and student performance.
- Interesting Fairfax report on Julia Gillard's view - eight years on - that My School and NAPLAN changed perceptions of schools.
- 'Should wealthy private schools and hospitals have charity status in Australia?' Matthew Harding opens an long-sealed can of worms in The Conversation, March 15.
- 'Socioeconomic disadvantage puts students three years behind, report finds' Guardian March 15. The best of various reports on recent PISA and TIMSS reports. 'Education disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia - we can't just carry on the same' Laura Perry follows in The Conversation with a telling commentary.
- 'Private schools are losing their magnetic pull' Ross Gittins in the SMH, March 14.
- The SMH (March 9) reports on selective schools as the bastions of inequality.... reporting on Christins Ho's work. The SMH (March 5) also reports on Aurora College, the online selective school in NSW. See comment below, as well as my contribution in Pearls and Irritations.
- Ross Gittins has given us the essence of his ACE speech in 'The sad truth about education: it's easier to blame someone else than fix the problem' SMH March 1
- 'The way we teach our children is truly crazy' Elizabeth Farrelly in the SMH. Ouch! But more people are saying this and we must listen.
- 'Catholic church looks at charging its schools rent, as payments mount to victims of child sexual abuse' SMH Feb 25. All other things aside, this looks like a can of worms!
- 'Gonski funding under threat despite positive outcomes' Jane Caro tells the stories about school success. The Saturday Paper Feb 25.
- Building off Ken Boston's Brisbane speech is 'The four great myths of Gonski - why Christopher Pyne was right' from Ross Gittins in the SMH Feb 25. Full text available here.
- 'On a path to nowhere': Gonski architect Ken Boston slams school funding failure' SMH Feb 14. Boston's speech to the T.J.Ryan Foundation is now available.
- 'Have we lost sight of the promise of public schools?' Nicole Hannah-Jones in the NYT, Feb 21.
- US schools have been under seige since the 1980s. The latest answer to the critics is 'Deconstructing the myth of American public schooling inefficiency' at http://www.shankerinstitute.org/resource/publicschoolinginefficiency
- Is there a crisis in public education? First in a series by Jessics Gerrard in The Convo.
- 'Increasingly alarmed': Private and Catholic schools demand the government reveal school funding plans' SMH Feb 11.
- 'School choice: How parents select high schools — a look at Australia' This interesting research which focuses on Melbourne, is reported on in a US publication. It can also be downloaded.
- The media variously reports on the Grattan Institute findings on disengagement amonst school students, including misgivings from many high profile educators.
- 'Educating Australia - why our schools aren't improving' ABC online. Tom Bentley and Glenn Savage - an introduction to their new book.
- 'Public schools increase share of enrolments' SMH Feb 3
- The latest revelation from My School data is The vanishing private school which was reported in The Guardian on January 30, along with an opinion piece on the same issue.
- Schools in Australia and New Zealand set off in opposite directions in the 1970s. In Inside Story Tom Greenwell looks at where they have ended up. His timely article sits neatly alongside, and sets a context for, our findings on funding private schools in Australia.
- I'd like to start the new school year the way I ended the old, by again deflating the collective ego displayed by some schools - this time not with statistics but with this little tale told by an un-named friend. Enjoy!
- The SMH reports on selective schools and the tutoring industry, Jan 27....as does News.com.au on January 31.
- 'Simon Birmingham wilfully ignores the evidence about school funding and outcomes' Trevor Cobbold's op-ed in The Guardian, Jan 24....and backed up by his latest SOS policy brief.
- The usual January reports on the hike in private school fees in the SMH ((Jan 17). Geoff Newcombe says "The comparatively low levels of per student funding for students in independent schools is a major saving to the taxpayer". Not any more: watch this space.
- Quiet so far in the new year - apart from Kevin Donnelly who has contributed a few bits to News Limited rags....which I don't read unless I fly somewhere. But Kelsey Munro has written a thoughtful piece in the SMH (Jan 7) on Gonski possibilities for 2017.
- And again: 'Sydney divided by education latte line' SMH Dec 24. Another useful report by the SMH, but one let down by sloppy assertions about some allegedly exceptional schools (see edu-comment and notes on the graph below). See also my 'Schools punching above their weight - or just punching each other?' in Pearls and Irritations.
- The SMH reports on HSC results. Don't rush...you read about it last year, 2014, 2013 etc. BUT Inga Ting's graphics are new and worth a scrutiny, especially her positioning of schools against a socio-educational advantage line.
- James Robertson in the SMH says 'Mike Biard should spend his $4billion war chest on education, not more roads.'
- Guardian Australia (Dec 15) reports 'Coalition accused of shuffling the deckchairs as states demand full Gonski funding' Adrian Piccoli fired the first shot in the SMH. Bernie Shepherd and Chris Bonner take the longer and deeper view in their piece in the Guardian and similar in Pearls and Irritations.
- Some more considered reports on TIMSS, PISA, NAPLSAN and everything else, from Riddle and Lingard in The Guardian, from Joel Windle in The Guardian, from Catherine Hanrahan ABC
- 'Betsy DeVos and God's plan for schools' Katherine Stewart in the NYT.... Spooky!
- Long report in The Oz (Dec 10) about segregated schools.
- Good PISA report from Kelsey Munro (Fairfax) and a longer one from her on Dec 10. The source for most reports is 'PISA 2015: a first look at Australia's results', written by Sue Thomson et al. My contribution is entitled What lies beneath?...and I'm currently hawking it around.
- 'Tanya Plibersek says no case for cuts to 'over-funded' private schools' Fairfax December 4. While Birmingham might be seeking a way out (?) it looks like the ALP is painting itself into a corner...yet again. Ross Gittins has a snarl at her at the end of his welcome piece: 'Education efficiency should start with Grattan compromise' Fairfax Dec 5. My comment can be found in John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations.
- 'Poor Australia education ranking prompts soul-searching' BBC News Dec 2. Sydney University's Rachel Wilson covers all the bases in her comments on TIMSS results.
- 'Wake-up call: Australian students fall behind Kazakhstan in maths and science rankings' SMH (Nov 30) reports on TIMSS. You know we are in strife when any 'Stan' country is ahead! Responses follow a scripted pattern....with Sue Thomson's contribution (The Convo) addressing real issues. Valerie Strauss provides a US perspective in the Washington Post (Nov 30)
- 'Grattan Institute presents 'radical but achieveable' plan to fix Australia's school funding mess' SMH (Nov 28) reports on Peter Goss and colleagues report. Read Peter Goss and Kate Griffiths own report on the ABC. More to come on this...
- 'Private school students no happier than public school pupils' Herald Sun Nov 25. Better still, read Laura Perry's research on which it is based, or the abstract here. Her findings show that students' educational experiences are similar between private and public schools with similar socio-economic compositions.
- Trevor Cobbold has developed a detailed submission to the forthcoming national COAG education ministers meeting. Read it here and also his media release: 'End the corruption of private school funding'.
- I've seen some people compare the framework of schools to a sporting competition. One who does it well is Ivan Webb. Read his account, The two speed sport of schooling. Follow his links to other thoughtful commentary.
- 'What a Trump presidency means for America's public schools' Emma Brown in The Washington Post, Nov 10. (Maybe not much, considering that successive administrations have been part of the problem.) Also on the same theme, Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post. Sorry to be citing such "elite media".....
- 'Hyper-racialised selective schools broaden the ethnic divide' The Australian Nov 6th. More reporting of Chris Ho's work.
- Tony Windsor argues that it is time to get the politics out of education policy, The Saturday Paper, Nov 5.
- 'What's really behind Australia's declining international education results' SMH (Oct 27) reports Pasi Sahlberg's musings about the impact of technology.
- 'Hothoused and hyper-racialised: the ethnic imbalance in our selective schools' Christine Ho in The GuardianOct 27. She is a stand-out observer of this scene...and the piece enticed many informed commentaries
- 'Obama's real education legacy: common core, testing, charter schools' Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Oct 21. It might have started out with 'yes, we can' but in education it was just 'no, he didn't'
- The SMH (Oct 20) reports on this year's school funding accouncements in NSW....and Minister Piccoli taking a swipe at the federal government. Notice how some schools lose money? In some cases it can, and should, actually happen!
- The Guardian (UK) gives a student view of what makes a good teacher.
- Lyndsay Connors shows how no educational rationale was ever provided for private school over-funding - and asks: is Simon Birmingham the man to fix it? Pearls and Irritations Oct 18
- Private funding - from philanthropy and from parent fees - for public schools is in the news. The SMH reports that 'Public schools get $5 million bonus from business' (Oct 15)
- .....and reports on 'The public schools rolling in private money' (Oct 17)
- And still more: 'Sweetheart deals exposed: wealthy Catholic schools benefit from 'corruption' of Gonski' Matthew Knott in the SMH Oct 12.
- Laura Perry/Emma Rowe explain the funding of private schools, Convo, Oct 3
- Not just in N Carolina: 'the desegregation and resegregation of Charlotte's schools' Clint Smith in the New Yorker, Oct 3
- 'Revealed: multimillion dollar surpluses of Australia's most overfunded private schools' SMH October 8. Important but is only part of the over-funding story.
- And for a super read, try Mike Seccombe's magnificent report on the whole problem in The Saturday Paper, October 8.
The blow-up over Gonski and school funding continues...
- 'Revealed: the nation's most 'over-funded schools' SMH. This is really the story of Gillard's 'no-losers' edict coming home to roost....with the full list published on October 1. It an important and overlooked aspect of overfunding.
- 'Time to go the full Gonski' This SMH editorial was also eye-opening
- 'Private schools issue warning over funding' The back-lash begins, in public at first and then, as always, behind closed doors.
- Amidst all this Dean Ashenden issues a very readable explanation of frequently asked questions, in Inside Story.....
- ....and Jessica Irvine confronts the money and results issue.
- It's very rewarding to see attention paid to Gonski's Schools Resourcing Body. Great comments from Bernie in The Guardian's report 'Independent body could remove politics from school funding, expert says'
- Meanwhile I've been tripping around and read The Australian's take on all this (I only read The Oz when I fly as I don't have to part with money to read it). Don't bother!
- My last word, well just for the moment, is in Pearls and Irritations.
- Jane Caro reminds us of the real story of why we didn't get Gonski. And some of the wash-up? Piccoli threatened to name schools which will lose under federal proposals. As Matthew Knott indicates (SMH Sept 24) the federal government's plans might be blocked in the Senate.
- The COAG education ministers' meeting will (not) grapple with a number of issues. The federal minister is struggling to set his own agenda. See reports in The Guardian and The SMH, September 22. Bernie and I say (in Inside Story) that it isn't time to go beyond Gonski - it's time to go back and do ALL of Gonski. You can read our full version with map/graphs etc....or our oped in The Guardian.
- 'Australia's education system - how do we compare with the rest of the world?' SMH reports on the latest from the OECD. More on this from the ABC.
- 'It's war: why there is a new battle looming over public and private school funding' Kelsey Munro in the SMH and The Age, Sept 10. Like all wars this one needs to be prevented....but time is running out.
- Meanwhile back in the more real world Jim McMorrow has projected where Coalition plans will take school funding in the next few years. It's not pretty. Jim has been doing these outstanding reports for a number of years.
- Various reports on the Productivity Commission's draft conclusions about school and student performance. The Commission had a narrow brief.... NSW Education Minister Piccoli slammed the report (SMH Sept 7). Trevor Cobbold's well-argued contribution: 'Productivity Commission fails to lift the bonnet on its own funding figures' is a must. My comment is in Pearls and Irritations.
- 'We need to rethink school funding, Education Minister James Merlino says' The Age Sept 2. When you compare NSW and Victorian investment in schools that must be the understatement of the year!
- Just released: Ken Boston's speech to ACEL NSW awards evening. A timely reminder of what did and did'nt happen after Gonski.
- SMH reports on a strong NSWSPC media release about NAPLAN & related matters.
- How about this? 'The halo effect that helps beautiful students get better marks' SMH Sept 2.
- John Fischetti 'Focusing on tests and invalid assessments is the wrong way to measure teacher quality' The Convo, Sept 1. Keep an eye out for more from this top thinker.
Edd Doerr: Americans for Religious Liberty on the situation in the USA: http://www.arlinc.org/newsletters.html
- What really lies behind this story in the SMH: 'There are 180 NSW schools over capacity, Department of Education figures show' (Aug 29)? For starters, these over-capacity schools are around 100 ICSEA points above the NSW gov school average. Watch this space.
- More on money and (this time) sense. 'Four common claims about education funding and quality that need explaining' Alan Reid in The Convo
- Here is one of those UK articles where you just need to substitute "selective" for "grammar": Frances Ryan attacks a myth in The Guardian, Aug 8.
- An important survey on student wellbeing and engagement reported by the SMH, Aug 4.
- August 3. It's NAPLAN results time again. What do we have a contrived panic about this year? Read media reports here (Guardian), here (SMH) and here (Guardian). Bernie and I comment in the Guardian, as does Peter Goss. Minister Birmingham hijacks the results for his own purpose but Piccoli pushes back. Tim Dodd in the Fin Review leads a comment with research done by Bernie and me. Various other reports and opinions.
- Another outstanding long and wide view by Dean Ashenden - a must read: 'The educational consequences of the peace' Inside Story July 29
Education joined half a dozen key policy areas that didn't get a headline in the Oz election. Lyndsay Connors stated the education priorities in Pearls and Irritations.
- 'Private schools deserve public funding as much as government schools' Ross Fox in the SMH July 18. Ross sets up a few straw men and knocks 'em over....aided by a selective use of evidence. Actually, his schools are increasingly getting "as much"... and moving on to more.
- 'Three reforms that will lift student outcomes' Well-worded piece by Peter Goss (Grattan) in The Convo, July 15.
'Public funding for schools associated with Church of Scientology revealed' SMH July 13. Eryk Bagshaw has done a couple of these stories on fringe schools. But as Bernie SHepherd and CHris Bonnor have demonstrated, hundreds of mainstream non-gov schools are now publicly funded ahead of gov schools.
Lucy Clark wrote an excellent report in The Guardian, 'Education and the election - it's still all about the money' June 22.
Fiona Miller in The Guardian: 'Parental 'choice' in education has created the worst of all worlds' June 13.
Interesting report by Ken Gannicott, issued by the CIS: 'Did Gonski get it right? - school funding and performance'. A flawed analysis which provides a challenge - watch this spac
http://www.afr.com/leadership/sydney-grammars-john-vallance-on-the-wonders-of-insubordination-20160525-gp37ak#ixzz4AyJxE5z This is an interview with John Vallance of Sydney Grammar who has some twinges of cncern about inequities in education.
'Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools' This is a report by Chris Bonner with Bernie Shepherd, released on June 1 by the Centre for Policy Development. Reported in the Fairfax media June 1. Comment from Matthew Knott. Also reported in Guardian Australia. There is a brief version in Inside Story June 1. Also The Morning Show, Channel 7 June 2.
- Reports on the early exchange of education policy election blows in The Guardian May 10 and the ABC. Dollar by dollar by electorate - how have we come to this? A competition amongst pollies who never did 'get' Gonski.
- 'Government drops plan to make all schools in England academies' Guardian - a great win for belated common sense.
- The Conversation fact checker reviewed the extent of inequity in Australia - worth reading.
- The Conversation fact checker reviewed the extent of inequity in Australia - worth reading.
- It was only a matter of time before these stories became prominent: 'Only 'doctors and lawyers' get into popular state schools' The Age May 2 - also 'White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools'. The Age More on May 3 and a comment from Alice Williams
- Too little too late? That might sum up the Coalitions $1.2bn extra for schools. 'Election fight on education funding looms as Labor lashes 'pathetic' school pledge' SMH May 2. Glenn Savage comments in The Guardian.
- 'Australia $72 billion worse off without Gonski, report says' SMH April 29. Report on work completed by Adam Rorris. As Christine Cawsey sums it up: "As the Californians say, 'spend money on education or build more jails."
Bonnor's School Daze is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxK25rJrOw-eeEtHb3hWVHVrYmc/view:
This is a good read.
- Two connected items this week. 'Taxpayers fund private school orchestra pits and swimming pools' SMH April 12. Jane Caro writes: 'When it comes to money opposition doesn't add up' Fairfax April 11.
- The fun following last week's thought bubble from the PM continues. 'The worst idea ever: Adrian Piccoli blasts Malcolm Turnbull on schools' SMH April 5. 'Malcolm Turnbull's bias revealed in school funding plan' Julie Szego on April 7. But there is a smell of panic with Birmingham's citing of a one year trend in some schools to show money doesn't matter. Lenore Talyor (Guardian April 7) takes up the issue.
- 'Teaching needs a shake-up to give children the education they need for the future' Eric Jamieson in the SMH, April 3. Sound advice from a respected educator.
- So, was Turnbull's proposal to dump public school funding on the states alone a piece of policy kite flying, a kamikaze dive or a badly timed April fool's joke? Good report from Matthew Knott (SMH). ABC News covered Ken Boston's response. My contribution is on Pearls and irritations. Terrific piece by Jessica Irvine, SMH April 1. Still, I loved the PM's time-warped (and sector-warped) reference to "state headmasters and headmistresses". Says it all, really. Nearly forgot: the Grattan folk wrote a good piece in The Conversation. I sort-of objected to a tiny bit.
- Worth reading: 'Education policy not adding up: OECD asks what's wrong with Australia's schools?' SMH March 26
- These stories keep coming: 'Private versus public schools - which has the academic edge?' The Age March 29. David Zyngier's research, on which the report is based, considerably adds to our understanding. It can be found on the Save our Schools website. It also mirrors our findings on the HSC in NSW, newly reported in School Daze.
- Quentin Dempster tells VET the way it is becoming: 'The bipartisan catastrophe that's wasting billions in taxpayer dollars' SMH March 26.
- The ABC reports on one of our findings in School Daze. So now it seems that Grattan says bright kids are better off in advantaged schools, we report that they are certainly moving in that direction...and My School tells them where to go! Hmmm. Meanwhile we'll release School Daze next Monday.
- 'Bright kids fall behind at disadvantaged schools' SMH March 22 reports on the Grattan Institute's latest. Read the Grattan report....it wraps new data and analysis around a known problem. Falls short on solutions, but so does just about every other analysis.
- Trevor Cobbold unpacks the recent Victorian audit of how the Catholic system distributes funding. Not a good look in a state where Catholic schools are increasingly funded ahead of similar government schools.
- Jane Caro ('James Paterson needs educating about schools') isn't impressed with a new member of what Keating called the "unrepresentative swill" - the new Senator seems less than impressed with his unrepresentative roots.
- The English are still at it - now they are going to turn all schools into academies. Fiona Miller reports in the Ed Guardian. As she asks: what's the point? Laura McInerney shows, the plan doesn't address real problems. But it will line the pockets of more than a few people.
- 'Most private schools can't prove they spend government funds appropriately: watchdog'. The Age March 9.
- 'In praise of state schools - and their teachers' Richard Teese Fairfax March 7.
- 'Students who change schools do worse in NAPLAN' SMH March 6. Methinks there is more to the problem than just changing schools.
- 'The concentration of poverty in American schools' The Atlantic, March 1. Mentions controlled school choice as a part-solution. More about controlled choice here
- Jane Lucke's article 'Let's not lose sight of the facts in the Safe Schools debate,' Fairfax March 4.
- 'Funding rates for top NSW private schools exceeds poorest schools: report' SMH Feb 16. One of a number of reports on Trevor Cobbold's latest work. Trevor has carefully adjusted Productivity Commission data to enable apples-with-apples comparisons of funding. Very revealing.
- 'Australian schools are entrenching division and inequality' Rizina Yadev and Sam Wolfe in the Fairfax papers, Feb 10. A piece by recent school graduates. Although they refer to Scandinavian examples they neglect to note that private schools are not publicly funded in Finland.
- 'We aren't as equal as we think' NSW Department of Education report finds' SMH Feb 9. Find the report here
- The Centre for Independent (?) Studies has engaged Jennifer Buckingham and a colleague to try to counter myths about private schools. Her op ed was in the SMH and apparently in The Oz. There are serious flaws in her paper (if it really is hers). I'll post a response in a couple of weeks. But do read it; the author/s found a publicly subsidised private school with a lower ICSEA than surrounding public schools. Chris Bonner says he will donate a dollar to their preferred charity for every other one they find. My money is safe!
- There is a deluge of studies showing whether money makes a difference to student achievement. Trevor Cobbold reports on the latest.
- 'Labor commits to fully funding Gonski' SMH Jan 29. A welcome move, but remember how Gillard, having dragged her heels, positioned Gonski as a supposed election winner in 2013? Is this just a repeat performance? Trevor Cobbold's comment ://www.saveourschools.com.au/funding/labors-gonski-promise-puts-the-heat-on-turnbull is well worth reading. Bonner comment http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=5534 on John Menadue's blog.
- Senate inquiry finds 'disgraceful' treatment of schoolchildren with disabilities' The Age, Jan 16. Also 'Disabled children shut out of private schools' The Age Jan 20. I would also add 'some public schools'. So is this the answer? - 'My School website to soon include disability access information' The Age Jan 21.
- Christina Ho's most recent work shows that 'Gentrification is dividing Australian schools' The Convo, Jan 20.
- Want to read a quick comic strip on privilege? Here 'tis.
- Some views from abroad in The Guardian: Tristram Hunt: 'Inequity is a problem schools alone can't fix' , Jan 12. Also 'Our kids - the American dream in crisis' Richard Reeves writes about Putnam's new book, earlier in 2015. Also in The Washington Post Marion Brady asks 'Who's behind the devastating movement to privatize public schools?' Jan 13.
- Also from Teese: 'With Gonski gone we can expect more demands for private schools' The Convo, Jan 9.
- Richard Teese shows how Gonski got it right. SMH Dec 31.
- Trevor Cobbold has put numbers around the over-funding of private schools, pointing to the role of public funding in adding to private advantage, and the expanded total income for private schools. A third aspect is the growing excess of government funding to private schools compared to gov funding of similar public schools. In March Bernie and Chris Bonnor will revisit this issue.
- Well, happy new year parents and schoolies: 'Hopes dashed by Coalition decision to dump school funding model' Guardian, Dec 29. Simon Birmingham: Don't expect schools election cash splash' SMH, Dec 29. And some of the reaction: 'NSW schools will remain under-resourced without full Gonski, government warns' SMH Dec 29. Trevor Cobbold has crunched the figures showing existing inequities. All quickly followed by Jennifer Buckingham: 'Education funding plan is unclear but it won't be as generous as Gonski' SMH Dec 30.
- Usual end-of-year silliness about the HSC and VCE etc. e.g. 'Boys versus girls - the single-sex school battle of the sexes' The Age Dec 18. But over the years some follow-up reporting has been more nuanced e.g. 'The real star performers of this year's HSC' SMH Dec 20.
- The backlash against competitive testing is making some ground, helped by research findings. Read 'UK among world's worst for 'teaching to the test' research finds' TES, Dec 18.
I'm enjoying the Ravenswood 'Captain's pick' of what to say to her school at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ravenswood-captain-sarah-haynes-accuses-school-of-betrayal-20151206-glgmfq.html#ixzz3toSNW6az and the media response, including the letters. Interesting that, in another context, our new PM talked on the same day about the need for risk taking and the lessons from failure. All schools could learn from both messages. See Press Release 631
- Major new initiative between The Australian Government Primary Principals' Association and Professor Alan Reid. Read the AGPPA brochure - also their media release - and of course Alan Reid's paper, entitled 'Building our nation through public education'. A timely contribution and wake-up call. But a misguided belief in the efficacy of a 'proper' Needs policy.
- 'But mum, that can't be right: the private school myth that doesn't add up' Monica Dux in The Age, Nov 27
- 'Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?' The Convo, Nov 24
- 'Most overachieving NSW public schools revealed' SMH, Nov 15. A good story and St John's Park HS is a terrific school (and implementing Big Picture). But I want to know about how the whole list of schools was derived.
- 'Schools need to experiment in the classroom to prepare students for the real world'. William McKeith in SMH Nov.12. And in the same vein: 'Why is school not working for so many young people?' John Smyth in The Convo, Nov 12. The problem is we are fixated with doing school at school and in much the same way. Life's experiences don't come in boxes, nor does learning.
- 'Government accuses six Islamic schools of breaching Education Act'. Guardian Nov 13. An overdue intervention, but hardly a problem exclusive to Islamic schools.
- Trevor Cobbold finds reason for hope in Turnbull's musings about education and Gonski (Nov 9). It might be because we've been through Gonski week but I would also be on the optimistic side.
- More grist for the mill: 'Five years between full-time study and full-time work, research finds' SMH Nov 10
- Step aside doom and gloom, Australia rates number one in education in the Legatum Institute Prosperity Index. Just shows we need to balance our infatuation with numbers against other indicators.
- ''Girls from Catholic schools in Sydney most likely to go to university' SMH Nov 8. Rather silly headline about research which doesn't seem to offer much that is new.
- Interesting Fact Check from the ABC on what constitutes a private school and where Australia stands.
- It should be noted that in the 1960s when the proportion of students attending government schools was much larger - and growing. In 1964 we had the opportunity to bring all our chidlren together in one major public system. We failed. The blackmail of the major parties by the Catholic DLP vote, and the eventual dominance of their ranks by members from this background, opened the floodgates of pblic funding of private, sectarian education. however, DOGS predicted in 1964 that Australia would become a divided community, falling behind the rest of the civilised world. We are well on the way. Yet our current government will not be satisfied until all our schools are 'autonomous', privatised institutions. Madness!
So-called 'Elites' abuse Povos from Public schools on VCE Facebook and parent ZARA tells the 'naive' why she sends her children to private schools. Now we know. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/xavier-college-bully-schooled-in-vce-facebook-slapdown-20151028-gkldby.html
- Interesting noises to make: 'PM Malcolm Turnbull considering funding the final two years of Gonski' SMH Oct 31. Also reported by ABC.
- Media tells about the Mitchell Institute report Educational Opportunity in Australia. SMH Oct 26. Great publicity, and a better analysis of the problems BUT don't we know enough about the problems? Shouldn't we research and promote the solutions that are actually working? Stephen Lamb follows up with a piece in The Convo, Oct 26
- The thoughts of Ed Minister Simon Birmingham get an airing in the SMH, Oct 27
- Something else we know: 'School students segregating in Australian suburbs where public housing meets gentrification' ABC News, Oct 23.
- Interesting read: 'The controversies raging inside our Islamic schools' Good Weekend in the SMH.
- The NSW government doesn't seem to be distracted in its push for full Gonski. It might have work to do. Some of the new Federal minister's early thoughts (vouchers!!?) don't inspire confidence.
- Dean Ashenden examines what various players believe should be done about Australian schooling. Inside Story Oct 16. One of his best.
- Ross Gittins (SMH Oct 12) has written a nice piece on competition and choice....but be sure to read to the end.
- In a ham-fisted attempt to support penalty rates Bill Shorten has tied himself up in knots over schools. SMH Oct 7
- Useful and better informed discussion on school autonomy in a recent ACEL publication
- Great investigative journo, Michael Bachelard, tells about 'Vocational education: how the shonks and shysters took control' Fairfax Sept 26
- Trevor Cobbold details the funding gains for Victorian private schools following Labor's pre-election deal.
- Trevor also explains the recent OECD findings on computers in schools.Chris Bonner expressed concerns going back to the 1990s - like all single initiatives nothing changes if that is all that changes.
- 'Could Turnbull give a Gonski?' Dean Ashenden sees a chance to reshape Gonski for a new government. Inside Story Sept 24
- 'NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli blasts new federal minister on Gonski comments' SMH Sept 23
- Nice summing up of Pyne's legacy: 'Pyne leaves education having failed to sell a vision for the past' Kelsey Halbert in The Convo, Sept 23.
- 'Government funding and private schools....' Sunday Age Sept 6. This item is significant because it is mainstream media and a Sunday. It obliquely refers to CHris Bonner's Findings with Bernie Shepherd.
- More concern about Pearson's increasing global controls over schools is emerging. SMH Sept 7
- First news of findings of the Bracks Review of education funding in Victoria. The Age, Sept 6.
- 'Government urged to remove LGBTI discrimination in schools' The Age, Sept 2. Interesting to watch in the light of impending 100% public funding for private schools.
- Various reports on the CIS push for charter schools in Australia. Dean Ashenden raises more than a few questions which may have escaped the CIS (The Convo, Aug 31). With private schools about to be fully public-funded maybe we are already there....
- 'The Sydney schools becoming Anglo ghettos' SMH Aug 25 reports on Christina Ho's latest findings. Read her full article
- 'Religious education scrapped from curriculum' The Age Aug 22. Maybe Victoria discovered how much it was funding church schools and wants a trade-off !?
- From ACER's Geoff Masters: 'Mind the gap between school performance' SMH, August 20.....particularly the second half of his piece. To quote: "a significant increase in the gap between low and high socioeconomic schools with Australia the only OECD country to observe such an increase"
- 'School autonomy helps boost results, study finds' SMH Aug 19. Story comes from Brian Caldwell's research into....school autonomy. Hmmm. Looks like other people also think along similar lines - see 'Evidence for success of independent public schools is flawed' The Convo, Aug 20.
- Couple of good NAPLAN pieces. 'NAPLAN data and school funding: a dangerous link' The Convo. See also 'Testing democracy: NAPLAN produces culture of compliance'
- Wow, this is news: 'Parents' background has major impact on NAPLAN results' SMH Aug 16. The Sun Herald editorial accompanying it is thoughtful. The ABS work on which it is drawn is interesting and sometimes questionable.
- August has seen more than our fair share of moral panic stories about NAPLAN. Try this one: 'NSW '10 to 15 years' behind the world's best' SMH Aug 18.
- A useful and readable summary of our findings from My School is found in The Journal of Professional Learning, Semester 2, 2015.
- Interesting look at inclusion Vs separation in special education - the growth of special schools seems to be mirroring other endemic separation in schooling. The Conversation, August 5.
- Imagine my surprise when I read this: 'NAPLAN 2015: 'Education chiefs warn students are not improving' SMH August 5? Elements of truth, but the real story is more complex...as we show in our own analysis.
- 'Private school, public cost' - our latest findings from My School now available. In a nutshell: on recent funding trends 40% of Catholic schools will get per student public funding in excess of similar government schools next year, another 40% two years after - and half the Independent schools by the end of the decade. Also available at Australian Policy Online, with a shortened version in Inside Story. Reported in the SMH, July 17. Also on ABC TV The Drum. and Online Opinion July 22.
- 'Dropping out of school is deadly' Trevor Cobbold presents research findings on the perils of not completing school.
- Great read, 'Education and gratitude' from Toni Hassan in Online Opinion (July 9):
- Two significant papers from Trevor Cobbold. The first is a policy comment that reviews a new study on the effect of school composition on student achievement. The study and Trevor's comments make an important contribution. More recently and with wide implications is his study showing increasing inequity in school funding.
- Some follow-up commentary on the world's shortest policy kite flight: 'Gonski architect Ken Boston slams proposal for Commonwealth to abandon schools' SMH June 23. Glen Savage writes 'Free public education: Gonski reforms are all but dead' June 23. Bronwyn Hinz asks if we should be worried. The Convo June 22.
- 'School funding up again for debate' SMH reports the suggestions for school funding contained in the review into federal-state relations. See also an earlier SMH report. The ideas include a proposal that wealthy parents pay public school fees. See my reaction a year ago when the CIS conjured up this nonsense.
- 'Is the school community a myth?' In this analysis I compare school ICSEA values with ABS SEIFA indices for school localities. Conclusion? Maybe only a quarter of Australia's schools represent the socio-educational/economic mix of their localities.
- 'Declining NAPLAN participation rates are likely skewing the data' Jo Anderson and Chris Boyle in The Conversation June 11. Likely, but not yet. See also Jennifer Chester's piece 'Test scores aren't good quality indicators for schools or students' June 19.
- Be sure to follow John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations....especially the series of articles in the Fairness, Opportunity and Security policy series, edited by John and Michael Keating. My contribution is 'Eroding human capital in our schools'.
- 'It's a political failure: how Sweden's celebrated school system fell into crisis' Guardian, June 10.
- Dan Haesler shows how 'We're educating our youth into unemployment' Disengagement is certainly the biggest issue. SMH, June 9
- 'Inequitable school funding called 'one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time'' The Washington Post, June 8.
- The Guardian (June 2) reports 'Australian school funding to remain below Gonski benchmark, figures reveal'
- 'Private, Catholic schools do add value to students' results' The Conversation June 2. KD's preferred source, Gary Marks, swims against the tide of research. The comments worth also reading. Was Marks referring to KD when he said: "There is no selective reporting going on, at least by me"?
- 'Private schools and their bankrupt propaganda' Julie Szego tells us what she really thinks. The Age May 7
- UPDATE: Gonski, My School and the Education Market. This is Bernie Shepherd's update of his findings first reported in October last year. It is the most up-to-date assessment available anywhere. His analysis is cautious, but telling. Read it and weep - then get angry!
- 'My School data shows needy state schools receive less than private schools' Actually The Age (May 4) fell well short of telling the full story. See Bernie Shepherd's report.
- 'Sweden urged to rethink parents' choice over schools after education decline' Guardian May 3. Seems like an inevitable problem following Sweden's irrational pursuit of choice. England next?
- 'Labor's own in dark over private school deal' The Age May 3.
- Good reading in The Journal of Professional Learning, including: Susan Groundwater-Smith 'Entitlement to a decent education for all: an argument for equity' and Carly-Jane Boreland 'Fads and miracle cures in education'
- 'Equality movement gains support in unlikely places' Luke Slattery SMH, April 26, Very relevant to education. Great read....he is filling in for Paul Shehan who is on leave- maybe he should take permanent leave.
- 'A new study raises a troubling question about charter schools' Business Insider Australia April 24. This adds to what we know about charter schools.
- There is a lot of current focus on public and private school results. The SMH (April 18) reports on a new study published in the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. One of the study's authors, Luke Connelly, writes in the Daily Telegraph. Trevor Cobbold has reviewed 30 studies which show little difference between public and private school results. The Age (April 20) has published his findings. On a lighter note, 60 Minutes has also aired a segment on the same topic.
On April 1stOnline Opinion published an article entitled ‘Funding private schools a public good’, written by Stephen Elder. Mr Elder’s article rests on the common claim that governments substantially save money when students attend non-government schools. But Bernie Shepherd’s analysis of recurrent funding ofCatholic schools in Victoria suggests a very different story. Rather than representing a saving, the amount given to run Victorian Catholic schools each year is over $50 million dollars more than that given to similar government schools. The data on how much money goes into school bank accounts, and where it comes from, is on the My School website for all to see. It is now up to Mr Elder to clearly source and justify his claims. Update: Mr Elder now has a second article in OLO with some more odd claims. For what it is worth I've added some comments.
- 'School league tables raise pupils' stress but fail to reduce attainment gaps' Guardian, April 4
- Catch up with Trevor Cobbold's reports on Save our Schools: on equity and economic growth, also My School, enrolment and funding rorting.
- Great piece from Ross Gittins: 'Catholic schools' dubious funding pleas fall on willing ears at election time' SMH March 25. (Catholic schools even get more funding than Ross reveals.) The Catholic ploy isn't working in NSW: 'Adrian Piccoli declares support for Gonski reforms in his state election ads' Guardian March 13
- ......but it certainly worked in Victoria. Read 'State Labor's big mistake on school funding' by Dean Ashenden in The Age March 16. Also Ken Boston: 'Victorian school funding model 'laughable' on Gonski fairness test' SMH, March 12. Trevor Cobbold reveals the figures.
- Full report on the Need to Succeed Gonski forum in Victoria. Includes Bernie Shepherd's analysis as well as his slides, also the article by Henrietta Cook in The Age, a report in ProBono,
- Latest from Finland International Education News
- 'Australia should follow Chile's lead and stop funding private schools' David Zingier in The Conversation, March 25.
- Some new posts on Save our Schools. Trevor Cobbold reports on 'The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Improving U.S. Educational Outcomes' from the Washington Centre for Equitable Growth. Also his recent presentation, with graphs, on Equity or privilege in education'
- 'The lesson from Canada: why Australia should have fewer secretive schools' Laura Perry in The Conversation, Feb 19.
- Dean Ashenden strikes an interesting balance in his review of Who's afraid of the big bad dragon? Why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world.
- '3 billion not leading to better results for private schools' Sun Herald, Feb 8. This is another finding arising out of my work with Bernie Shepherd. A copy of the draft paper on which the story is based is available. Follow up op ed in the Guardian Australia. For a different worldview read Tim Hawkes.
- A blogsite worth following is PnCs for Gonski - a great collection if items.
- A couple of interesting bits from the UK. 'Seven big myths about top-performing school systems' BBC - and the wonderful Fiona Miller writes about good schools for all in the Guardian. Feb 10.
- 'Private schools divert government funds to luxury pools' Sun Herald Feb 1. If you want to see a revival of some of the sillier justifications read Rita Panahi in the same newspaper.
- A couple of half-truths from the Catholic Education Office and Independent Schools Victoria in a Herald Sun report on school funding
- Very significant research on money and student achievement from the US national Bureau of Economic Research. Reported in The Australian
- Couple from The Convo (UK): 'Have we devolved too much responsibility for our schools' and 'No convincing evidence that academies are pushing up school standards' (Stephen Gorad)
- SMH (Jan 22) editorializes soundly on funding and Gonski ... but avoids the 'R' word: redistribution. Also in Fairfax: 'Don't turn to US for university reform when they look to us' (Kate Reynolds) and
- Some surprising and welcome findings from continuing research on bstudent engagement and attachment to school: 'Students at poorer schools rate teachers highly' The Age Jan 3
- 'Majority of US public school students are in poverty' Washington Post (Jan 16) reports on the Southern Education Foundation report.
- 'Less privileged students shine at university' University World News (Jan 9) reports on Australian research
- Travor Cobbold has completed a thorough study of public and private school NAPLAN results - should help kill off a few urban myths.
- For future analysis WA school results
- And here come the end of year HSC/VCE stories: out of Victoria (The Age Dec 17) and NSW (SMH Dec 18). Also some attempts at informed commentary.
- More stories from my work with Bernie Shepherd: 'Public schools beat rivals in HSC comparison' Sun Herald Dec 14. And the longer piece from Inga Ting is also revealing....especially comments from Gary Marks.
- A few more good initiatives in NSW: 'NSW schools to share information on expelled students' SMH Dec 1. A long overdue and welcome measure. Also 'NSW schools told to show how they are lifting standards' SMH Dec 12. Also have a look at this advice on the changes to not-for-profit requirements for schools in NSW. Now this will prove to be interesting.
- A neat summary of Diane Ravitch's concerns in the USA
- 'A spectacular advertisement for public schooling' Cathy Sherry in the SMH, Dec 10
- Just discovered from a couple of months ago: 'Venture capitalists are poised to 'disrupt' everything about the education market' The Nation Sept 25.
- 'Gonski funding flows to most needy of NSW schools' SMH Nov 21
- http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/11/modern-day-segregation-in-public-schools/382846/ The Atlantic Nov 18.
- 'Young Australians could be worse off than parents for the first time, report warns' ABC News Nov 11
- Fourth study this year confirms private schools no better than public' Trevor Cobbold in The Age Nov 11. Also 'All that glistens may not be gold at private schools' David Zingier Nov 10.
- 'Good schools have high expectations of students' by Geoff Ryan, The Age Nov 17. "Drawing on my own experience" he writes....plus a few bits is carefully selected evidence.
- 'Principal calls for fairer school funding' NZ Herald Nov 11. A growing and familiar school divide between rich and poor in NZ.
- This is a must, not only for what it says but for who is saying it: The Worst of Both Worlds: How the US and UK are Influencing Education in Australia by Stephen Dinham, ACE National President.
- For cherry picking evidence Kevin Donnelly has no equal. I don't have a link to his latest and you can't read it anyway without paying. If I must read The Oz it will be at an airport where they give them away. But do read Margaret Clark's response. My recent foray into My School data shows almost no student achievement gain for over $3bn public investment in mainly high ICSEA private schools. Watch this space
- Trevor Cobbold's latest 'Private schools are no better' is a good read. Bernie Shepherd and I will have more to say on this later this year.
- The Need To Suceed Gonski Symposium (October 23) raised a few headlines and comments. Reported in the Daily Telegraph amongst others. Various news reports e.g. Channel 10. ABC 7:30 Report ran the story (see script and video). Bernie Shepherd and I comment in the SMH on our main findings. Our work is written up in Inside Story and links to our second and more detailed report on equity gradients. ....also on John Menadue's Pearls and irritations site. His site is well worth a regular visit.
- 'Early intervention helping lift literacy and numeracy at NSW's poorest schools' SMH Oct 17....and Ken Boston tells how. Of course scaling up such success will require investment, and Trevor Cobbold shows how 'Higher funding loadings are needed for schools with greater concentrations of disadvantaged students'.
- The Age gives a detailed report on Grattan research on the how many and where of new schools needed by 2031.
- David Gillespie writes on 'Uniforms a weapon in the school marketing wars' The Age Oct 16
- For anyone interested Christopher Pyne dropped some pearls of wisdom on ABC Lateline (Oct 14). A nice summary of his views on less important things.
- And Tony Abbott has turned his infatuation with a US school into something for us. SMH Oct 15. Matthew Knott (SMH) asks the important question: 'Corporate high schools: evidence or inspiration?' and as the SMH also reports, 'Tony Abbott's industry-school linkage plan might not float in NSW' (Oct 17).
- Adrian Piccoli announces tighter funding rules for NSW Independent schools' SMH Oct 14
- 'Healthy, wealthy and unfair: tide goes out on equality in Australia' Peter Hartcher in Fairfax Oct 14.
- October 13. This blog is for things that matter - the curriculum review barely makes the grade. Anyway, a good report in The Guardian . Fairfax editorializes. AND another excellent comment from Dean Ashenden in Inside Story
- A couple of interesting things from the UK. Fiona Miller in The Education Guardian (Oct 7) tells how schools bend the rules to enrol who they want. Three academics want to 'Scrap school admission policies based on postcode - they entrench inequality' The Conversation Oct 7.
- and from the USA, Bob Herbert (Politico Magazine Oct 6) gives Bill Gates et al a serve in 'The plot against public education'
- 'Schools free to choose their own report cards' Something potentially nice out of the Victorian elections. The Age Act 1
- 'Education is a public good, not a private commodity' Stewart Riddle in The Convo, Oct 1
- 'OECD figures show public benefits more than individuals from tertiary education' SMH Sept 28.
- A short read that doesn't hold back: 'Australian schools: the view from Mars' Dean Ashenden in Inside Story Sept 24.
- 'Schools worse now than when Gonski wrote report' Sun Herald, Sept 14. This is the first public report on the investigation into My School data by Bernie Shepherd and myself. Believe me, there are more headlines like this to come. The Age also reports and editorialises on this and more. My shortened version is 'Education funding is a matter of equity' SMH, Sept 16.
- NSW gets caught by surprise by increasing demand for school spaces. SMH
- NSW gets caught by surprise by increasing demand for school spaces. SMH Sept 12
- My School gets a hammering from primary principals, SMH Sept 12.
- 'Private schools: more homework but no academic advantage says OECD' SMH Sept 10.
- 'Inner-city high school needed urgently, says community' SMH Sept 10. Told you so over a decade ago, said me.
- Interesting comments on the deficiencies of conventional schooling in piece from James Athanasou in the SMH - but home schooling is hardly the answer!
- 'Review of extra funding for low SES students 'rigged'' The Australian Sept 9. Trevor Cobbold comments.
- 'Enrolment fraud 'commonplace' in Canberra as parents vie for preferred schools' Canberra Times Sept 4
- 'High school for homeless breaking the cycle of addiction and poverty' SMH report on Kitty te Riele's project.
- 'School reforms divide principals' The Age Sept 7
- OECD latest PISA in Focus 'says competition in education has failed' Trevor Cobbold reports Fairfax September 3.
- 'Kathryn Greiner on Gonski report: schools need help to move ahead' SMH Sept 3.
- Marylou Verberne, a wonderful pioneer in her field, reports on 'The sad state of play in Australian schools' The Age, September 1
- Click on the image below to read my comments on Maxine McKew's new book:
- The NSW Minister for Education wants secular chaplains (SMH Aug 29). Also Jacqueline Maley writes a blinder in the SMH on this topic! (Aug 30)
- New OECD report on school choice, August 29.
- Two very interesting studies that show that culture matters when it comes to school results. The first is 'Study reveals link between strong cultural identity and NAPLAN achievement' in NM, Aug 28. The second is 'Australia's Chinese students do as well as Shanghai students' SOS, Aug 28
- More chaplaincy farce: 'Tony Abbott to keep secular workers out...' SMH Aug 27
- 'Fear of backlash for struggling schools over poor reviews' The Age Aug 25. If strict and fair school review protocols are followed what is the problem?
- 'High schools group students based on test results' SMH Aug 23. Nothing new and an inevitable part of a segmented school system.
- 'Parents not schools drive high school student performance: study' C Times Aug 20. This is a report on the latest LSAY study. Very revealing but the study didn't consider different pedagogies.
- The media has run with a moral panic over NAPLAN. Read about it here and here....if you must. The writing test also raised a few headlines. But Bernie Shepherd and I have discovered something which really deserves to cause concern.
- How interesting: 'Private schooling has little long-term pay-off' Jennifer Chesters in The Conversation August 13. The Sunday Fairfax papers pick it up as well. Tim Hawkes seems to say it's the vibes of private schooling that matter. Crispin Hill has a longer comment in the Canberra Times, Aug 15
- Two out of the United States: 'Where private school enrolment is highest and lowest' The Atlantic Aug 13. Also 'Public dollars, private rules: the Charter School calculus' UConn Today Aug 14.
- 'Sick of this market-driven world? You should be' Guardian Aug 5.
- Is this a race to the bottom? 'Melbourne Uni's new course to fast-track teachers' The Age Aug 6
- 'Comment on SRI in Victoria' Chris Fotinopoulos The AGE Aug 4
- 'New data on growing educational apartheid in Australia' Trevor Cobbold at Save Our Schools Aug 6
- 'An argument against independent public schools' Alan Reid in debate against Kevin Donnely, Aug1
- 'Good reasons not to follow the South Korean educational path' in the New York Times August 1
- 'The debate is over: money matters in education' Trevor Cobbold in The Age, July 28
- Speaking of money, read 'Melbourne University pulls Teach for Australia "criticism' in The Age July 30. Should we wonder why this happened?
- 'Blast for Canberra's role in funding education' The Age July 21.
- 'Inner-city Generation-X families demand alternative to private school fees' The Age, July 7
- 'Inequality: why Australia must not follow the US' Joseph Stiglitz in the SMH, July 6
- 'Corporate partnerships with public schools: a cautionary tale' Lucas Walsh in New Matilda July 4.
- 'Do the sums on the true cost of private schools', Debra Cleveland in the AFR, July 4. And on a similar note: 'Private schools are booming - but what do you really get for your money?' Francis Green in The Conversation, July 3.
- Looks like Kate Ellis overstated her case: ABC Fact Check, July 2
The Victorian state govenment does not seem to want be in the bussiness of running an education system in Geoff Maslem's piece in the Age June 1
- 'Grammar school earning gap shows Tories were right to abandon selective education' David Jesson in The Conversation, June 3. While on England, watch the doco 'Academies and Lies'
- 'What is the point of school in the 'earn or learn' era'? Phil Roberts in Online Opinion, June 3
- 'Charts show that segregation in US schools is still a major problem' Business Insider May 31.
- 'Christopher Pyne's pledge sparks fears public schools will be ignored' SMH May 31. Follow the emotions and the DNA?
- 'Chaplaincy program leaves secular workers with no more than a prayer' SMH May 21. Jane Caro writes about 'The school chaplains and the poisoned cake' in Crikey. Also 'Jesus is coming - to your local primary school' Crikey June 3
- Best comment on Pyne's proposed university changes: 'An education plan for kids of the upper crust' Peter Martin the The Age, May 25.
- The commentary on Gonski's speech includes a 'Mr Gonski and the social contract' - one of Dean Ashenden's best in Inside Story. My comment is 'Gonski's last stand' in New Matilda.
- May 22/23: The much awaited Gonski speech hasn't disappointed. See SMH, Guardian, AFR, read it in full. ABC online presents a Gonski timeline - great background. A later report in the SMH also includes an interactive map so you can see which places in NSW will miss out if we don't get the years 5 and 6 funding. Also read Gonski's op ed in the SMH
- 'Public schools deserve support now more than ever' Michael Kirby in the SMH, May 21. Kirby issues ten commandments about public education - I'm fine with nine of them...
- 'Fairer schools for all remains a dream' Adrian Piccoli in The Land, May 20. How does this guy escape the hatchet from his own side?
- Be sure to get up-to-date with Trevor Cobbold's latest posts, including on benefits of funding low SES kids, the budget and NAPLAN.
- Today, budget day 2014 is the day we can stop pretending that equity will come from boosted investment in education. It won't happen. The next big conversations will be about redistributing existing school funding.
- Rob Oakeshott threw the first budget education punch yesterday with 'Abbott has nowhere left to hide on education' ABC The Drum
- The problems don't go away: '10 000 children dropping out of school' The Age May 11. And the English remind us that stupid solutions will always be with us: 'What are free schools the answer to?' The Convo, May 12.
- A couple of top articles: 'Why markets can't deliver excellence and equity in schools' The Convo, May 8. Also 'Audit Commission's Gonski landmines' OLO, May 8
- Is there some irony here? Two SMH reports in the same week. 'Sex education failing say high school students' and 'Abbott government expected to extend chaplaincy program'. How about shift funds from the latter to the former?
- The Sun Herald (i.e. approach with care) reports on the rush to high NAPLAN score primary schools. May 1
- My first reaction to the Audit Commission was that it was too silly for words. But Dean Ashenden's words in Eureka Street are worth reading.....as is David Zyngier 'The furfies behind Pyne's class war' in New Matilda. Most methodical analysis is by Trevor Cobbold.
- 'Rich families should have to pay to attend public schools, report says'....reporting a flight of fancy from the Centre for Independent Studies. 'Slug the rich and starve the rest?' I ask in the SMH May 1. Steve Dinham pours more cold water over the CIS in The Conversation, May 1. Trevor Cobbold also analyses the issues.
- For future reference - Year 12 outcomes Queensland
- As for increasing class sizes (another kite flown by the CIS), read the good report on David Zyngier's scan of all the research: 'Smaller class sizes generally better...' The Age, April 24. David's full paper is also available, a timely antidote indeed.
- 'Grading system for schools gets a fail...' April 27. ACER getting more assertive
- 'Growing market in new enrolments leads to rises in fees' SMH April 24
- Margaret Clarke has summed up the parliamentary review of NAPLAN and also makes a vital appeal: can we do better? Worth thinking about.
- More stories from fascinating data: 'Elites open wallets in education 'arms race'' SMH April 20. Also in The Age. Sits nicely against 'Schools owe duty to 'problem students': education minister' (SMH April 4)
- 'Should you be taxed for a service you don't use?... Van Badham in Guardian Australia. Very relevant for education.
- 'Changes to university funding may have 'devastating consequences' SMH April 16. Sure, Mr Pyne: it worked for schools?!
- 'Resegregation in the American South' The Atlantic, April 16. Read it and weep.
- 'Back to school for lessons on teaching' Geoff Masters in AFR, April 14
- Is My School the gift that keeps on giving? Reports on what it tells about school funding in the SMH and The Sunday Age, April 6.
- Also on April 6, 'Selective schools the most socially exclusive in NSW' SMH. This story arises because ACARA jacked up the ICSEA values of schools which had aggregated advantage. About time!
- The Observer (April 6) reports on Michael Gove and failing free schools in the UK.
- 'University success rates hold lessons for private schools' Nick Morrison in Forbes.
- 'My School site should be altered to prevent misleading league tables: Senate committee' SMH March 27. Should we be careful what we wish for?
- Two items about social segregation of schools in Sweden (Anne West in The Conversation) and in New York (Ed Guardian)
- Ken Boston's most recent presentation: 'Gonski: Re-imaging Australian Education' - to the VASSP Conference in Melbourse March 14.
- 'Too much faith in schools: the rise of Christian schooling in Australia' Marion Maddox on Religion and Ethics (ABC). Also worth reading is Rob Boston 'Challenging the 'school choice' charade', reasons behind the push in the USA to prop up Catholic schools. Church and State, March.
- 'Why the push for greater school autonomy, and what does it mean for schools?' John Smyth in The Conversation
- 'Tide of inequity to blame for falling education results' Fairfax March 12. A good article if you can excuse some generalisations. Interesting that it appears in the print copy of the SMH as 'Good teachers reason for rush to private schools' Not true! Also worth reading is 'Australian schools: engines of inequality' by Laura Perry and Christopher Lubienski in The Conversation March 13. But 'Key Gonski funding model 'unachievable' says independent schools sector. (SMH March 14). What price Bill Daniels being chosen by Pyne to head up a review of Gonski?
- 'Strengthening Philanthropy in Education Report' Pro Bono Australia (March 11) reports on a LLEAP report.
- The SMH (March 11) reports on the Per Capita funded research on school choice completed by Verity Firth and Rebecca Huntley.
- Interesting observations but not about school itself. 'Depression is rife in high schools, survey finds.' (The Age March 9) Doing school differently is part of the ignored solution. Then 'Edward Melhuish suggests Australia should make pre-school free'. SMH March 9. Not under Tony's watch!
- Must be that 'My School' time of year again. The Canberra Times is first out of the blocks with 'ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy' March 5....then the SMH on March 6. The Canberra Times report on March 10 sets new lows in reporting My School. The Age invents new ways to present some My School data. For any school check how ICSEA values have changed over 5 years....and then remember how we were told My School in 2010 was so good. There is pressure from NSW to axe My School. It might be a case of careful what you wish for... The pressure especially comes from Adrian Piccoli.
- Worth reading: 'How do we future proof education from this government' Lila Mularczyk in Australian Teacher Magazine. And Dean Ashenden has reviewed three new books in Inside Story - and added his insights: ('Taking God to School', 'Free Schools' and 'A History of Australian Schooling')
- Two good overseas perspectives in The Conversation, 'English grammar schools try to shake off middle class bias' and 'Moving 'quality' teachers between schools will not help disadvantaged children'
- 'Teaching children that dinosaurs didn't exist: how public schools fail their brief' by Marion Maddox in Guardian Australia Feb 26.
- 'Equity is the key to better school funding' Boston Consulting research reported in Education Week, Feb 18
- 'Christopher Pyne turns spotlight on teacher training' SMH Feb 19. Thousands of wry smiles in NSW as Trevor Fletcher is announced to be on the review.
- Trevor Cobbold referred to this interesting ACER piece: 'Unfinished business, PISA shows Indigenous youth are being left behind'
- Sydney schools face queues as sell-off scheme backfires' SMH Feb 16. Re the shortage of schools in inner Sydney I don't want to say I told them so....but, along with others, I did. But Elizabeth Farrelly has gone for the nuclear option in 'Why private schools add little to the education mix' SMH Feb 20
- 'Primary school principals shut down religious education classes' The Age, Feb 17
- 'Independent schools: an idea whose time has passed' Francis Beckett in Inside Story.
- 'My School and yours: the disappearing achievers' Further development of my previous work with new and startling figures. Inside Story, Feb 11.
- The hapless 'Christopher Pyne outlines ambition to make public schools independent' (SMH Feb 3) only to have Adrian Piccoli and others rain on his parade. An extended piece in the SMH Feb 15. I've commented in New Matilda. Maybe we are lucky to have Pyne as education minister - think about it. Also, Sharon Beder reminds us that 'Schools are not businesses and principals are not CEOs' (SMH Feb 5)
- Also on Gonski: a brief version of my work on the alarming drop in the achievement profile (as distinct from school quality) of low SES schools is in The Age, Feb 3.
- ATAR school rank published by the SMH
- This will be a year of mounting evidence that nothing short of a full implementation of the Gonski recommendations will do. The SMH (Feb 1) reports on Jim McMorrow's analysis, showing that 'Abbott's Gonski to hit public schools harder'
- 'Why funding private schools is a smart idea' says Kevin Donnelly, patching together all his dated sources, dodgy research (e.g. Miller and Voon) and unsupported assertions.
- A good read from The Oz: 'Money can't guarantee a good education', David Gillespie on his new book.
- At lease the Gonski report is back online. Peter Martin reports in the SMH
- The new school year is almost upon us.....a critical year ahead for school funding reports Sky News, Jan 22. The SMH similarly reports on Trevor Cobbold's timely and well-sourced report showing how 'The Coalition has sabotaged Gonski'
- Ken Boston pins the real reason for the curriculum review (SMH Jan 17).
- Reports on the Donnelly/Wiltshire appointments in the Guardian Oz, ABC News, SMH (on what might be a 'smoking' gun), SMH editorial. Also Tony Taylor comments on the mythical 'Judeo-Christian heritage' loved by Donnelly et al.....and widens his thoughts a few days later.
- So Kevin Donnelly is going to revise the Oz curriculum? The best line about KD was delivered by Shane Maloney, the crime writer, in a public debate with Donnelly on the opposing team. What he and Donnelly have in common, he told the audience, is that they are both writers of B-grade fiction. Says it all.
- Here we go again: another half baked piece of work comparing public with private schools. The researchers make a point, clouded by heaps of assumptions. This time its 'Private schooling boosts future earnings', written up in the AFR (January 6) and more than adequately responded to by Trevor Cobbold in the Guardian Australia, Jan 8th.
- The annual HSC/VCE results silly reporting season is here. The SMH has Malek Fahad as its hero school, plus the usual nonsense rankings....in Victoria The Age reports MacRobertson GHS on top. Both selective in various ways. Ho hum!
- While on selective enrolments and gaming the system, the Guardian (Dec 18) reports on Sutton Trust research showing how some parents can do it better than others.
- Trevor Cobbold shows, from NAPLAN, how Australia has a major equity problem in education (Dec 21)
- Ross Gittins' piece about Key Performance Indicators has implications for schooling (SMH Dec 18).
- This will keep the ABC bashers busy. In a detailed report FactCheck (Dec 8) concludes that it is 'Impossible to guarantee no school will be worse off under Coalition funding arrangements' FactCheck also proves a very useful timeline of Gonski-related promises and milestones.
- Reflections on PISA from home and abroad. Trevor Cobbold's summary and graphs are a good start. The SMH editorializes, Ian Keese and Dean Ashenden offer the best comments in Online Opinion, while Ian McAuley finds 'Pyne's education numbers don't add up' in New Matilda. Anna Patty authors a longer piece on December 7. Phil Roberts has a second look at PISA and the ACT (CT Dec 10). Maybe for the best perspective read '7 reasons why I don't care about the PISA results' Rick Hess in Education Week, Dec 4.
- Of course PISA moral panics are worldwide. Education Week gives a US report, while The Guardian reports 'UK students stuck in educational doldrums'
- Guardian Australia reveals the Abbott government's Q&A crib sheet on Pyne's twisting decisions. A fun read.
- December 4: PISA findings help maintain the focus on equity. 'Maths results a concern' says The Age. 'Australian students falling behind' (SMH) 'East Asian countries top global league tables' Guardian Oz. The commentary says much more: Sue Thomson in the SMH, Jo Tovey talks about a divided education system.
- Each day a surprise. Now we have 'Coalition's second Gonski U-turn: Labor model to be largely retained' Guardian Oz, Dec 3. But as Tom Allard comments, 'Tony Abbott's Gonski backtrack may not add up for schools' SMH Dec 2. Most of the commentary casts considerable doubt....Lenore Taylor's comments especially interesting, as are comments from Nicholas Stuart on Pyne. Meanwhile Fiona Miller says 'where's the will to tackle this unfair system?' - Guardian April 8 ....it's about England, is it?
- Ah, but it was our fault all the time - according to Tony Abbott who apes (?) Pyne's ducking and weaving. His election pledge was misheard, as reported in depth by the Guardian Australia (Dec 1). More considered analysis as Jim McMorrow, for the Need to Succeed Alliance, shows 'Christopher Pyne's comprehension, maths skills lacking on Gonski' SMH, Dec 2
- Pyne may have pulled this off a decade ago but much of the current response reflects a much better informed media. 'Inequality at the heart of rejection of Gonski program' says Peter Martin (Fairfax Dec 1). Michelle Grattan was particularly direct in The Conversation (Nov 29). Also Tim Dodd in AFR (Nov 30). Even Andrew Bolt!! Also Tom Bentley writes in the Guardian Australia about Pyne's possible drivers and options.
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