Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Unfucking believable!

From today's AGE ( Tehan has an idea....)

Peter Goss, school education program director at the Grattan Institute, said learning progressions were a tool to help teachers provide targeted instruction for students.

"In today's world, too many schools are having to create their own understanding of learning progressions. That's massively inefficient and probably also lower quality," he said.

"[It's much better] to develop national learning progressions, offer them to schools along with resources that can help teachers use the learning progressions in practice."

Dr Goss warned the method was "no panacea" and needed to be implemented properly and carefully otherwise they would just add to teachers' workloads.

This is from the idiots that scrapped the National Curriculum years ago.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Another Edn Minister meeting wasted?

Australia could transform its teaching workforce for $620 per student p.a., with a structured career path for expert teachers to support other teachers - Rec. 16 in #Gonski 2.0.

This is what Ed ministers should discuss in Alice Springs!


Residents will lose the right to object to the building of new private schools under planning laws designed to "fast-track" the development of the Catholic and independent sectors.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Inequity 2

The media has been flooded with stories since the PISA results were released but I don’t remember anyone talking about our alarming rise in inequality. Yet we demand radical change if a middle-class child gets stressed about their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score. We are too willing to ignore equity problems in our system. We are much happier pretending that our problems are about higher order thinking and differentiation. The evidence does not support this. In fact, the ­opposite is true.

Ben Jensen is chief executive of Learning First, an education research consultancy.


“Those schools are able to choose their students, the minute a kid acts up, they can be suspended or expelled. It is the ability of schools to select their students that creates inequity which is one of the structural weaknesses of Australian education,” @PiccoliMp

Funding farce continues

The federal government has knocked back a bipartisan call for increased scrutiny of school funding, rejecting the push amid rising alarm about the decline in Australian students' academic results.

Earlier this year, a Coalition-dominated parliamentary committee criticised the "inadequate" administration of tens of billions of dollars in federal funds and said the money was not being distributed in a transparent and accountable way. The committee suggested it was difficult to know if the funding was ultimately going to students based on need.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Brilliant idea! NOT!

The Department of Education will be merged with the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business as part of an extraordinary overhaul of Australia’s public service announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison today.

The dramatic consolidation, approved by the Governor-General this morning and due to take effect on February 1 2020, includes clashing the number of government departments from 18 to 14 to “ensure that Australians rely on are delivered more efficiently and effectively”.

However, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese expressed concern over the government's move.

"This is about centralising power," Albanese told reporters today.

"This prime minister has been making cuts to the public service continuously since they were elected in 2013."

Australian Greens Senator and Education Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi called the proposed merger of the Department of Education with Skills and Employment a “huge mistake”.

“Merging the departments of education and employment is a short-sighted decision that highlights the Government’s narrow, neoliberal idea of education,” Senator Faruqi said.

“Education is a public good essential to building a socially and economically just society, not just an avenue to employment or profit – it demands a standalone focus.”

Senator Faruqi said the existing merger of skills with the employment department has “undermined lifelong education”.

“This decision takes us further down this path and is a huge mistake,” she said.

“Mergers inevitably result in huge amounts of money wasted on consultants and some new letterheads while nothing is done to properly fund public schools or save TAFE”.

Berwick Lodge Primary School principal Henry Grossek, who has been an educator for 50 years, said the amalgamation is "not in the best interests of education" and "devalues one of the most important portfolios that the government has".

"This is a downgrading of the importance of education at a time when Minister Tehan is publicly airing concerns over the lowering of Australia's PISA results," Grossek told The Educator.

"In a government that's working well, a Minister talking to a Minister is a much more reliable communication network than just one Minister talking to many other bureaucrats".