School teaching is a craft. A school teacher is
an adult in a room full of children and the task is to look after the children,
supervise their social behaviour, and give them skills and knowledge.
When I use the word ‘craft’, I don’t mean making things out of seashells. I mean an activity that
involves using skill to achieve a practical end. You learn how to teach by
doing it. Parenting skills are probably the most valuable skills to have. There
are many teaching methods and every teaching situation is different, so a
teacher needs to have many techniques and must constantly be thinking about
which ones to use.
Continue reading “Reflections on Teaching: The Craft of Teaching”
A new OECD report provides some interesting perspective on the debate over immigration in Europe and the Paris terrorist attacks. It shows a sharp contrast between the integration of immigrant children in schools in France and Belgium compared to Australia. Immigrant children in France and Belgium are the most alienated in the OECD, indicating a failure of integration, whereas far fewer immigrant children in Australia are alienated from school.
Continue reading “Integrating Immigrant Children in School is an Australian Success Story”
The following is a short presentation to the
Progressive Canberra Summit held at the National Gallery of Australia on
Saturday, 14 November. It uses results from the OECD’s Programme of
International Assessments (PISA) for 15 year-old students conducted every three
years to assess the performance of the ACT school system. The latest results
are for 2012.
Continue reading “Is the ACT School System Underperforming?”
In a rare public
statement on education funding, David Gonski has turned up the pressure on the
Federal Government and the Opposition to fully implement his funding model and
reduce disadvantage in education.
Continue reading “David Gonski Turns Up the Pressure on Turnbull and Shorten”
A Melbourne school
principal responds to the school student from an elite private school who made
derogatory slurs against students from public schools on social media.
Continue reading “The Price of Privilege”
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, put the Gonski funding
plan back on the agenda recently saying that everyone agrees “we need more
resources into education and it needs to be needs-based”. There is now hope for
Gonski whereas previously there was despair under Abbott and Pyne.
Continue reading “Turnbull Creates New Optimism for Gonski”
School choice does not necessarily deliver better results for students according to a new research brief. The brief reviewed research on various alternatives to public schools in the United States and found that the impact of school choice on student learning generally shows mixed results with studies typically showing little or no difference in overall performance compared to traditional public schools.
Continue reading “School Choice is No Guarantee to Improve Results”
NSW Parliamentary Committee report has slammed the approach by the NSW
Department of Education to closing schools as “heavy handed”. It says the
Department failed to properly consult with communities affected by proposed
school closures, was not impartial in dealing with communities and ignored
research evidence on the value of small schools educationally and to small
regional communities. It makes ten recommendations to improve consultation
about school closures.
Continue reading “NSW Parliament Committee Slams Education Department on School Closures”
The report by the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the closure of public schools in NSW is a damning exposure of the failure of the NSW Department of Education to seriously consult about proposed closures. The report includes the following three case studies.
Continue reading “Case Studies in Consultation Failure on School Closures by the NSW Department of Education”
The NSW Legislative Council report on the closure of public schools shows that the Department of Education conducted a war against small rural schools. Some 36 public schools have been closed under the Baird Government.
The following is a media release on the report by NSW Greens MP, John Kaye.
Continue reading “NSW Govt Conducted a War Against Small Rural Schools”