- 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.
- Interesting comments from Glenn Savage on Gonski 2.0....but maybe the critics need to get into schools where many of the recommendations are working right now.
- My School to be reviewed but Birminham is reluctant to change NAPLAN. ABC News explains more.... Adrian Piccoli comments.
- Does this sound familiar? 'Asian groups see bias in plan to diversify New York's elite schools' NYT June 5. How do you address such a sensitive but real issue?
- Details starting to emerge about proposed new school funding formula for non-gov schools. SMH editorialises. Watch this space.
- 'Many Australian school students feel they 'don't belong' in school'. Sue Thomson reports in The Convo on the PISA Sense of belonging at school report. Even if nothing else justifies Gonski 2.0, this does.
- 'What and who are fuelling the movement to privatise public education - and why you should care'. Terrific US account from Joanne Barkan in the Washington Post.
- 'Private schools that misrepresent disability enrolments could face fraud charges' Guardian June 1 Private schools behaving badly...again! Also in Guardian: 'School chaplains: secular groups say review is proof of proselytising' Oh dear, do you really think so?
- Trevor Cobbold has crunched the most recent school funding numbers: it makes dismal reading, especially on state government funding of its own schools.
- Two interesting stories out of Victoria. The Age reports (May 24) on an enrolment swing back to state schools....then on May 28 reports on government plans to curb choice of state schools. ....with follow-up Age report, May 29.
- 'Catholic schools gain billions while independent schools lose out....' SMH. More fun and games as the National School Resourcing Board grapples with funding models. AND it is on again (June 6): 'Private schools unleash last ditch campaign against 'disastrous' school funding changes'.
- Jordan Baker's piece ('Dump science, history from K-3 curriculum' Fairfax) is not what Gonski 2.0 recommends! Meanwhile, Ken Boston hoses down the critics: 'Gonski is backing proven reforms' (Fairfax). Let's learn from Gonski 1.0 and stick to the script this time!
- Selective schools still in the news: 'Warped and elitist': are Australia’s selective schools failing the fairness test? Guardian report using My School data. Stand-by for even more on these themes.
- More on Gonski 2.0: Pete Goss and Coreena Haythorpe talk to ABC's Philip Clark (Nightlife).
- Interesting discussion on rural and remote education
- This brilliant article by Jane Caro in The Saturday Paper is a must read: 'Ruining Gonski's school funding plan' And another great article which asks what schools should be about: Stephanie Dowrick in P&I
- Back to My School, NAPLAN and all that. 'My School effect' blamed for fall in NSW public high school enrolments' SMH May 9. Also 'Teaching to NAPLAN leading to Australia's falling PISA scores' Then on May 13: 'Fears over contaminated NAPLAN as some tests move online' SMH. Grattan's Peter Goss explains why NAPLAN tests are vital (Guardian).
- And the Gonski push-back goes on. Kevin Donnelly tilts at windmills (again) in the Fin Review. Then Jenny Allum..'an abject failure and a wasted opportunity'....Gonski, that is. A much better read is from Geoff Masters: 'Gonski's model for schools' in Teacher.
- Dean Ashenden's article in Inside Story includes powerful reminders of things left undone as well as supporting the new directions. Will the education wars break out again? If so, it will be important to look at some schools that are already heading in the Gonski 2.0 direction. Also, assessment has always been a driver so much rests on the proposed online tool to assess growth.
- And on NAPLAN. Stephanie Dowrick laments the narrowing impact of NAPLAN (SMH), Rob Stokes wants it dumped, ACARA's Rob Randall revisits what NAPLAN actually is. The problem is not what NAPLAN is, it's what it has been hijacked to represent.
- More on Gonski. Peter Hutton's work at Templestowe College is reported by the Guardian, along with an article from Peter. David Gonski is very active addressing concerns. If ever we needed more, Michael McGowan's report on Shepparton is a great backdrop (Guardian)
- Gonski's second coming is now a reality. Find the full report here. Reports from The Guardian, SMH, ABC. Widely supported by those who know schools e.g. Piccoli, opposed by the usual suspects. Signs are that Gonski will be more proactive in countering the critics this time. My first response is 'Gonski's second coming' in P&I. More to come, that's for sure....
- SMH reports on the poor oversight of spending of gov funds in non-gov schools.
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.