- It isn't often we see a problem and a solution in the same media on the same day: SMH reports the education ministers are worried about how the mix of online AND pen and paper NAPLAN results might look. Rob Stokes has the solution: 'Let's end our neo-liberal school testing fixation'.
- Lyndsay Connors and Jim McMorrow remind us that the Gonski recommendations need to be up there in lights for next year's election.
- 'Too much being taught' says federal minister Dan Tehan about curriculum....but his other comments stand at odds with Gonski 2.0 and maybe the current NSW review. What price yet another curriculum cultural war early next year?
- 'Two myths fuel the pressure to excel in the ATAR' by Andrew Martin in Fairfax. More good reason for a rethink.
- 'Significant sacrifices: private school parents worry about high fees' Fairfax, Dec 5. Does this sound familiar? It's a form of push polling: do the survey, raise the anxiety, increase the pressure. Quite routine. Ho Hum!
- NSW could pilot 'morning and afternoon schools' Rob Stokes says. SMH Dec 5. Not with conventional schools it couldn't...but a nice stimulus to rethink how we should 'do school'.
- 'Where you live is determining your school's NAPLAN score' SMH Nov 28. And the researchers have shown that this is worsening. Read the analysis by the Macquarie Uni academics. A wonderful application of geographical information system technology. Adrian Picolli comments. Note that the research doesn't (and can't) take into account non-local enrolments - a big factor which worsens the findings.
- When spending on public schools just isn't: Trevor Cobbold challenges what is counted and reveals who loses. See 'Public chools are swindled by billions under new education agreements' and the Fairfax report on his findings.
- ABC News has completed exhaustive research on school funding and released the findings today November 22. See 'Counting the cost of the education revolution' in its web version. The interactive section (just type in your own school and see how you stand) is brilliant. It raises questions to be answered about schools in all sectors. Both Lyndsay Connors and I comment in P&I. This debate has only just begun.
- You might have read Ross Gittins 'The price we pay for decades of school funding based on religion' a week ago. Looks like the pressure has been on because Fairfax has just published 'Healthy competition benefits all schools, says Catholic schools chief' which is rich with claims for Edu-fact check.
- And again, Trevor C has a summary of a new UNICEF report, An Unfair Start, which focuses on early childhood education. Trevor's report (also in P&I) on this document makes for more unhappy reading: Australia has the secondmost unequal education system in the developed world!
- 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!
- Interesting article (Canberra Times) on apparently poor ACT student achievement levels. Everyone has a theory.
- 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.
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.