August 2011



Invest in children of knowledge revolution
ROSS GITTINS Ross Gittins is the economics editor.
The Sydney Morning Herald
31 Aug 2011

It’s annoying the way business people keep slipping the words â€�â€�going forward’’ into almost every sentence and it was even worse when Julia Gillard kept repeating the slogan â€�â€�moving forward’’ in the last election campaign. But I have to admit they’ve…read more…

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Go Lindsay Connors! I think the system is going to be facing some difficult realities in the new year.


Moral gap in logic of Catholic schools

The Sydney Morning Herald
31 Aug 2011

Catholic schools have asked the Gonski schools funding inquiry to recommend increased recurrent funding to help them close the gap in average per student income with government schools (“Lib MP breaks ranks on schools leadership”, August 30). I leave…read more…

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Ken Boston discovers wisdom now he is not a prisoner of the system.


Call to spend $250m on worst-off students
Andrew Stevenson EDUCATION EDITOR
The Sydney Morning Herald
31 Aug 2011

THE Education Department should send 200 more teachers into disadvantaged primary schools from term one next year in an effort to lift the literacy and numeracy levels of the worstperforming students, the Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, was told…read more…

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Roll on the Gonski Review. I received the King’s Gazette, in my privileged position as an Old Boy, which included both Him Talks’ brave defence of his school’s financial needs and their right to receive taxpayers’ money, and news of an appeal to build a $20 million Science centre. I could build two schools for that amount. That’s not so much conspicuous consumption as brazen greed.


Gonski research projects set to guide debate on school funding
Andrew Stevenson with Anna Patty
The Sydney Morning Herald
31 Aug 2011

WHEN Julia Gillard commissioned David Gonski to lead the first comprehensive review of school funding in a generation, her terms of reference called for a system that is â€�â€�transparent, fair, financially sustainable and effective in promoting excellent…read more…

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Building a better pay ladder
Professor Stephen Dinham is chairman of teacher education and director of learning and teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
The Sydney Morning Herald
29 Aug 2011

We know two important things about teaching and learning. The first is that the quality of the classroom teacher is the main inschool influence on student learning. The second is that teacher quality varies widely. Previous attempts to improve teacher…read more…

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Could do better, teacher: minister backs plan for student feedback
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Stolen Generations history is key

The Sydney Morning Herald
29 Aug 2011

â€�Too little’’ Aboriginal history will be taught â€�â€�too late’’ under the new national curriculum, says the indigenous co-chair of the National Sorry Day Committee, Helen Moran. The new regime doesn’t include enough contemporary history, she says. The…read more…

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Now this is one for the English Department in your school: oddly, one of the most mature technologies on the web and something that should have been in common use five years ago.


Stories from a digital space

The Sydney Morning Herald
29 Aug 2011

Speaking out in class can be daunting for some but high among the benefits of blogging in schools is the platform it provides for shy students to come out of their shells and express their thoughts more freely. Birrong Girls High School in…read more…

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Could do better, teacher: minister backs plan for student feedback
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