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America has the answer for Australia's failing schools

Education | Aaron Lane
Sydney Morning Herald 23rd February, 2017

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students'...

New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right

Education | Bella d'Abrera
The Daily Telegraph 17th February, 2017

The latest NSW Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in some significant front bench arrivals and departures in the new Berejiklian Government. One of...

A new breed of ‘historian’

Education | Bella d'Abrera
The Spectator Australia 11th January, 2017

In the next few weeks, thousands of young Australians, having just finished 12 years of schooling, will be preparing themselves for what should be...

Censorship, trigger warnings and “free speech”: the National Union of Students meets

Education | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 13th December, 2016

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The...

Dead to history

Education | Matthew Lesh
Quadrant 8th September, 2016

A movement to censor our history is forming at Australian universities. Students and academics are campaigning for buildings and lecture halls to...

WARNING: This article contains ideas that offend

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 19th August, 2016

Trigger warnings-alerts before content that could cause emotional discomfort-are an attack on intellectual freedom. The warnings change...

Learning when to catch blackfish

Education | Bella d'Abrera
The Spectator Australia 30th July, 2016

This article was written by Bella D'Abrera and Matthew Lesh The NSW draft curriculum released last week glosses over thousands of years of western...

The left are launching strikes on liberty in schools and churches

Education | Morgan Begg
Mercury 18th June, 2016

The Green-Left presents itself as the tolerant brand of politics. In reality, it only tolerates government interference with our freedom. The...

The age of unreason

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 16th June, 2016

California legislators are considering a bill that would make debate on climate change illegal. The Orwellian-sounding Climate Science Truth and...

Let all voices be heard, however distasteful

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Australian 3rd June, 2016

The decision of La Trobe University to suspend Marxist academic Roz Ward following her Facebook comments is more complex than it first appears....