- Trevor Cobbold has taken a close look at OECD's Equity in Education and it isn't good news for Australia. Trevor's report tells how Australia has one of the most socially segregated schools systems in the world. See it also in Pearls and Irritations. Trevor also highlights yet another report which shows that funding public schools matters!
- The ongoing war over discrimination involving LBQTI kids and teachers hasn't gone away. An Anglican school head tries to explain it all, while Cathy Sherry says it doesn't make sense.
- Sam Maiden outlines 'How the Catholic schools sector outplayed the Coalition' Guardian
- Detailed report in Good Weekend (Fairfax) on the growing number of Big Picture schools in Australia. Tells it from many perspectives...worth a read.
- Advantaged schools get first call on the best teachers. Media release from SOS. Trevor has revealed implications from a recent PISA report. Significant!
- 'Travelling tutors could bridge the $50 billion bush education gap' SMH reports on the Economic impact of improving regional, rural and remote education in Australia - the first Gonski Institute production.
- Latest from Grattan Institute has created many headlines: 'Attending public or private school makes no difference in Naplan progress' in The Guardian. 'NSW falls behind...' SMH. 'Why some NSW students are a full term ahead' SMH How much can we make of all this?
- Lyndsay Connors puts the record straight on the gay discrimination front: 'Morality, marketing or a strange convergence of both?' P&I.
- Back to funding: Natasha Robinson (ABC) investigates current issues. Trevor Cobbold crunches the numbers in a telling analysis. Adrian 'Piccoli accuses Catholics of bullying over school funding' SMH.
- Scott Morrison's policy gymnastics on the gay students issue are a source of fun.
- Christian Schools Australia argues that their schools are being pushed into a corner. Also see Edu-fact check (left). As a recent poll indicates, they are way out of step with public opinion on the expelling students issue.
- 'Religious freedom review enshrines right of schools to turn away gay children and teachers' Various reports from the SMH, ABC. The Guardian sums it up. This issue of private school discrimination against LGBTI community will get an airing.
- 'Labor pledges a $14bn public school boost' Too much is unknown to get too excited. How does it relate to other pledges, Gonski 1.0, 2.0 etc?
- 'Premier calls archbishop in Rome over funding' Yet another pollie jumps to the Catholic schools lobby.
- Getting away from money, be sure to read Phil Lambert's 'Students need different skills for a changing world', a timely comment.
- Here is a catch-up on events for the rest of September (viewed from afar).
- Trevor Cobbold has taken a closer look at PISA participation and what it means. Read his significant report.
- The Guardian reports on Australia's huge spending on private education. Lyndsay Connors explains why we need a reality check. ABC News adds up the billions to come from the Coalition's recent deal.....as does The Guardian. Meanwhile Rob Stokes fires a shot across his federal colleagues' bows.....with Adrian Piccoli following up with a broadside! For public schools the situation may be worsening as it seems that the states are fudging the figures in their attempt to reach their SRS funding commitments.
- In The Guardian, Lyndsay Connors provides what has to be essential reading on the wider context.
- And the outstanding commentary and analysis just keeps coming. Grattan's Pete Goss does a demolition job on claims by Catholic school peak groups about their schools' need for more funding to maintain choice.....and the Chair of the National School Resourcing Board says that the extra funding wasn't the Board's idea.
- The Fairfax papers have reported on projected stagnation of Catholic school enrolments.
- Following recent focus on selective schools it's interesting to see early signs of a rethink about school choice. A few days ago: 'School shopping': The trend leaving Sydney's high schools half-empty' Now 'New out-of-area policy to crack down on school shoppers' and 'Maria sent her daughter to the so-called 'bad school and she hasn't looked back' Both SMH, Sept 8.
- And it's on again, the school funding protection racket: SMH and Guardian report on pending deals with Catholic schools.
- 'Why Scott Morrison sends his daughters to private school' SMH and also in The Guardian. Values free...John Howard circa 2004. Here we go again....
- September 3 Good idea - new standards for teachers in NSW, including emotional intelligence and commitment to public education values etc. And a bad idea: St Ives North PS gifted and talented program. Half the students to come from out of area, stuffing up everyone else. Where are their public education values?
- 'Experts urge new education minister to stare down Catholic sector on school funding' SMH Aug 29. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...
- 'Future of NAPLAN questioned as results show no change over ten years' SMH, Aug 29. Well, that's ten years we won't get back!!
- 'Are Australia's private schools worth the price tag?' Part One of two in the Guardian. Part Two is 'Some parents are prepared to pay, but is society? Both by Kelsey Munro. Significant on the same theme, Pete Goss gives us advanced notice of findings of his current project: 'Here is the expensive truth about private schools and student learning' Guardian August 20.
- Worth reading is Frank Brennan 'School funding after Batman and Longman' (Eureka Street).....if only to read Lyndsay Connors' response in Pearls and Irritations. Julie Szego also responds in The Age with 'The great public v private education con job.' Maybe Frank Brennan should stick to matters ...more 'catholic'.
- Great read, if a tad depressing: Teacher - one woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching by Gabbie Stroud. I review it in Inside Story.
- 'Religion in decline in Australian schools' SMH
- And there is more on funding: David Crowe (Fairfax) reports on the school funding prize fight. The SMH editorialises and the Christian schools enter the fray from what seems to be a higher moral ground....apart from the odd error or two (see Fact Check left). Finally (?) Lyndsay Connors raises compelling questions and Jordan Baker sums it all up.
- The Australian reports on the Catholic schools push against the Turnbull government. SMH reports: 'School funding war erupts' ....and here is my comment on the whole affair.
- 'No, private schools aren't better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters' Valerie Strauss, Washington Post.
- And a book-end to the selective schools debate - this time around - is the Sun Herald editorial, July 29.
- Completing a week about selective schools was Jordan Baker's 'Have we hit peak selective' in the SMH - and also William Keith's 'Selective schools should reflect wider society'
- For a different take (albeit with curious logic) read 'Selective schools set standards others should aim for'
- Institutionalised separation - the impact of selective schools. Just out from CPD, written by Christina Ho with me in support. Front page report in the SMH, July 16, accompanied by an op-ed from Chris Ho and myself. Listen to Chris Ho on 2GB
- More than a few shades of Gonski 2.0 in the Lindfield Learning Village school in NSW. Very encouraging.
- Interesting and connected reads in the SMH on July 14. 'Sydney parents turn their backs on state boys' schools' Nothing new in that, but ALP Shadow education minister Jihad Dib says 'The best school is the local school - even if it is a boys' school'. THEN, with less fanfare is this story: 'ATARs boosted only slightly by selective schooling, says report'. This is interesting. Selective schools are back in the news. Watch this space!
- 'Family size to impact funding in radical reform plan for private schools' SMH July
- 'Private schools on funding 'hitlist' actually increase their funding' Guardian July 6.
We'll include links from time to time. Do keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling and his site has excellent links to other sites.
OUR LATEST is A creeping Indigenous separation published February 2018
September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story
June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.
March 2016: School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.
February 2016: ...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies.
July 16th 2015: 'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH
Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.
The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.
School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.
Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.