Friday, 26 October 2018
Hooray...over 2800 posts! WTF!
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
What if we had an opportunity to double the size of the tourism industry, or to quadruple the size of the beef industry, or to boost the economy by more than any of the presently proposed tax switches?
What if we could do it while permanently improving the lives of disadvantaged young people?
We surely wouldn’t let it slip away.
Yet we do every day while we fail to address the gap in school achievement between between rural, regional and remote children and their city counterparts.
In a report for UNSW Gonski Institute on Education launched on Monday, Jessie Zhang and I estimated the size of the gap. We also document its causes, and outline what the research in the United States and Europe tells us about ways to narrow it.
Over the past decade education research has undergone a transformation with the use of large-scale randomised controlled trials to determine what works.
It isn’t easy because correlations can be misleading. If, for instance, we discover that women who eat more fish during pregnancy tend to have children who perform better in primary school, we might be tempted to conclude its the Omega-3 fatty acids that do it.
It’s hard to work out what works
But women who eat a lot of fish tend to be wealthier. It might be that extra wealth – and the educational resources it affords – that are driving the better performance.
Who knows? Increasingly, the social scientists who construct randomised trials do.
Using techniques from pharmaceutical and other trials they are getting good at zeroing in actual causes and ignoring mere correlations.
What works the most, according to the US studies, are high-dose-small-group tutoring, balanced incentives for students, managed professional development for teachers, smaller class sizes, and a culture of high expectations.
Some of what works is as good as free
Some of these measures are expensive, some are almost free.
All have been shown to have a high return in the US.
There are good reasons to believe they could be highly effective in rural, regional and remote Australia.
It would be worthwhile conducting our own randomised controlled trials in our own cultural and educational environment to be sure.
The prize is big
In our report we translate the differences in school achievement to the differences in human capital and eventually lifetime earnings.
This puts the economic benefit of closing the urban-non urban gap at A$56 billion — about 3.3% of Gross Domestic Product.
Massive though that number is, it is both narrow and an underestimate. It focuses purely on how better skills can translate into better wages.
It doesn’t consider how the benefits of better skills can spread and multiply throughout the economy. Nor does it consider the benefit of revitalising country towns, or the benefits of better physical and mental health.
Bigger than we can measure
Most of all, it doesn’t capture the truth that bridging this achievement gap would provide a world of expanded opportunities for millions of young Australians, and give them the chance to live out their full potential.
Bridging the urban non-urban achievement gap between is easier said than done, but the potential benefits from it to both the economy and the lives of Australians who would become more able to achieve their full potential are too big to ignore.
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
- Cut more than $600 million from public schools
- Cut literacy and numeracy coaches from schools
- Broke their promise to make Victorian teachers the highest paid in the nation
- Tried to introduce performance pay for school staff.
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Saturday, 13 October 2018
This unit contains comprehension activities, art activities, graphic organisers, writing tasks etc for Tomi Ungerer books including; the Mellops, Adelaide, Rufus, Fog Island and The Three Robbers. This unit has been used successfully with prep-grade 1 but can also be used up to grade 4. includes photos of student work.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Labor’s announcement includes:
- $14 billion extra for public schools over the next decade
- $3.3 billion extra for public schools from 2020-2022.
By 2022, Commonwealth funding in each state and territory will reach at least 22.2% of the Schooling Resource Standard. For Victoria, this means $804 million over three years from 2020-2022.
Monday, 1 October 2018
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has submitted plans for a super-tall apartment development on the site of the Polding Centre at the southern end of Sydney’s central business district.
WOW the Catholic Church has the money to fund this edifice, but still wants us to believe it can't fund its own schools."In 2008, the Secular Party of Australia made a submission to the federal government’s Review of Australia’s Future Tax System, They found that more than $20 billion in taxes remained uncollected from the nation’s religious organisations by state and federal governments."