A new study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that markets in education do not lead to innovation in teaching and curriculum. It finds that it is government intervention which is more likely to create improvements. Continue reading “OECD Study Says that Markets Fail to Increase Innovation in Education”
New research studies continue to demonstrate the harmful consequences of greater choice and competition in schooling. Continue reading “Unregulated School Choice Exacerbates Segregation and Inequity”
Just as John Howard and David Kemp did, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have placed their faith in competition to improve school performance. This faith is proving entirely misplaced with many recent studies around the world showing that competition and markets in education fail to improve student performance and create greater social segregation between schools. Continue reading “More Evidence that Gillard’s Faith in Competition is Misplaced”
The Federal Government’s approach to education is fatally contradictory.
Extending the market in education and improving social equity are incompatible policies.
Inevitably, it is equity which loses out, as it has in England and the US. Instead of improving student achievement, market-oriented school systems lead to greater social segregation and exacerbate achievement gaps in schooling.
These are among the conclusions of a research paper by SOS’s Trevor Cobbold. Continue reading “The Free Market and the Social Divide in Education”
A new study of the privatisation of schools in Philadelphia shows that they have failed to keep pace with student achievement in public schools. Continue reading “Privatisation of Schools Fails the Test”
Teachers at charter schools (independently operated government funded schools) in the United States are three times more likely to leave the profession or change schools than teachers in the traditional public school system. Continue reading “Teachers More Likely to Leave Charter Schools”
As far as education policy is concerned, the Rudd Government has given John Howard and David Kemp another term in office. It is completing Kemp’s vision to subject education to the rule of market forces. Continue reading “Rudd’s Market Paradoxes”
The following speech was presented by SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, to the National Public Education Forum held at Old Parliament House, Canberra, on 28 March 2009. Continue reading “The Free Market and the Social Divide in Education”
A new report published by the RAND Corporation shows that charter schools are not having the positive effect on student achievement claimed by their advocates. The study adds to the growing weight of evidence that competition between schools does not improve student achievement. It serves as yet another warning to the Rudd Government that this is not the path to school improvement. Continue reading “Charter Schools Largely Fail to Improve Student Achievement”
The following article was published recently in The Guardian newspaper. It provides a succinct overview of the failure of the education revolution initiated by the Thatcher Government and expanded by the Blair Government. It is a salutary lesson for Australia where the Rudd Government is completing a similar market-oriented revolution in education initiated by the Howard Government with the introduction of school league tables. Continue reading “The Failure of England’s Education Revolution”