Category: Quality of Education

LOSS Of ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The Age It is a tragedy that once great universities are backing away from freedom of speech (Age, page1, 25/8). I remember as a student 50 years ago, students and staff alike were well aware of conflicting positions.  We took

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Decentralizing Schools

Identifying and promoting good teachers is a necessary step forward for schooling.  But there is a failure of quality control in state-run school systems: no one at the operational level is able to take full responsibility. Too much power is held by the amorphous “department”.

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Keeping Schooling Honest

I am writing to counter waffly objections to a national syllabus and assessment scheme.  An Australian Certificate of Education (ACE) is a great idea.  Instead of being stuck with 8 varieties of school syllabus as we do now, we should pick the best

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Wall-to-Wall Spin

Several writers in your last issue gave Paul Sheahan, Principal of Melbourne Grammar, the rounds of the kitchen for daring to say that the standard of teaching in independent schools is more consistent. Now I realise this is a sensitive

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Real History

I support the return of real history to our schools. I believe the academics have pulled a swifty on us and our children. They’ve said all history is biased – that any way of telling the past is a political statement. Then they

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Trusting School Leaders

Keeping and rewarding the better teachers is a great prospect for our children.  But teacher unions will always oppose comparison and will subvert any teacher evaluation scheme as they have in the past.  Likewise bureaucracy can’t handle the responsibility: they

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New Birth in Schooling

I sympathise with Neil Mitchell’s cry from the heart for a new birth in schooling (Herald 15 Feb).  I have been trying, mostly by means of letters to the Editor, to get something to move forward for the past 30

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Accountability

So many who make their living in the schooling industry are content to conceal the performance levels of schools (Letters, 12 July). Then they should stop claiming to be concerned about equality of opportunity for children. It is only public

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States Should Fix Own Schools

Why is the State Government making loud noises about forcing non-government schools to meet tougher teaching and learning requirements? Outcomes suggest quite the opposite: they need to devote their energies to raising the education performance of their own schools. Perhaps

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Education Reform

Bullying will always occur in schools as we know them. Some adults bully, so why would we expect kids not to? Old-fashioned physical assault can be reduced because it’s observable. But emotional bullying, the sort that causes most of the

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Web Education

In my 24 years as a school administrator, I have heard and read many long debates about the merits of various teaching philosophies.  The fashion gurus of the school industry are long on theories and shy about outcomes.  I do

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Quality of Teachers

Some of the best teachers aren’t formally trained. They say there’s going to be a shortage of primary school teachers. This could be a blessing in disguise. Teaching talent is more important at primary level than any other. Attitudes acquired

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Teachers: Take A Moral Stand

We need teachers to deepen their involvement with our children – not to add another subject, but to reveal themselves in a more personal way. Crime is growing and becoming more amoral, like the cowardly bashing of the elderly. Even

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