The Logic of the Education Market Revealed in English State School

The ultimate in the logic of applying market principles to education is revealed in an English state school which colour codes its students by ability. It portends the future under a market driven education system. Continue reading “The Logic of the Education Market Revealed in English State School”

The ACT School System is Under-Performing

The ACT school system is under-performing. It has very high quality outcomes, but results have declined over the period of the Labor Government and there is extensive social inequity with a large achievement gap between students from low and high income families. Social segregation is also increasing.

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ACT Legislation Is A Model for Consultation on School Closures

The consultation on school closures by the Tasmanian Greens Minister for Education, Nick McKim, is a sham. It is restricted to only four weeks, which is not nearly enough time for school communities to prepare their case. The impact statements prepared by the Minister amount to a list of benefits of closing schools and fail to spell out the full effect on families and communities.

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Save Our Schools Tasmania

Save Our Schools Tasmania is holding a rally against school closures on the 7th of July in Hobart, from 11am at Parliament House.

A Facebook site for Save Our Schools has been set up to co-ordinate the campaign against 20 proposed school closures announced by the Greens Minister for Education, Nick McKim.

Many of the schools facing closure have also set up their own individual Facebook page as well.

Join in the campaign. Contact Save Our Schools Tasmania.

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The Tasmanian Government’s Case to Close Schools is Threadbare

The Tasmanian Government is treating the public with contempt over its proposal to close 20 schools. It has provided no evidence to support its case. It has failed to detail the expected savings and it has provided no evidence that closing schools will improve the quality of education.

The school communities affected have been refused critical information to assess the Government’s case and to put their own. The arrogance of the Greens Education Minister, Nick McKim, is unbelievable. When requested to provide the information, he said “look on the Internet”.

It is the Minister’s responsibility to provide this information so the Government’s claims can be properly scrutinised and assessed. This is fundamental for proper public consultation and effective public participation in government decision-making. It is a principle the Greens Party has always supported. Yet, this Greens Minister seems intent on denying school communities this right. Continue reading “The Tasmanian Government’s Case to Close Schools is Threadbare”

The Tasmanian Government’s Case to Close Schools is Threadbare

The Tasmanian Government is treating the public with contempt over its proposal to close 20 schools. It has provided no evidence to support its case. It has failed to detail the expected savings and it has provided no evidence that closing schools will improve the quality of education.

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Impact Statements on Tasmanian School Closures are a Farce

The impact statements on school closures issued to school associations by the Tasmanian Minister for Education, Nick McKim, are farcical – they present a one-sided view of the impact of closing schools. They largely amount to a list of benefits of closing schools. They fail to assess the benefits of keeping schools open. They are clearly designed to support the Government’s case.

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Disadvantaged Students Get Less Opportunities in Science

A new international study shows that disadvantaged students in Australia are, on average, given less opportunity to learn science at school than students from more affluent families. Disadvantaged 15 year-old students spend over 30 minutes less a week studying science than the average for all other students. This contributes to a large achievement gap in science results between rich and poor students.

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Education Minister in Breach of Education Act on School Closures

Save Our Schools has accused the Tasmanian Greens Minister for Education, Nick McKim, of breaching his own Education Act and making a sham of consultation on school closures. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister to immediately publish impact statements on the school closures and extend the consultation period.

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