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The end of history...in Australian universities

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Healthy competition is good for children

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

‘It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, only that you tried and did your best.' This is often said to help children come to terms with suffering a defeat of some sort. In fact, this valuable lesson only applies where competition exists....

Paying your way

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In the May 2014 budget, the Abbott government proposed a ‘radical' reform package of the Australian university system. If it were implemented, domestic students would have to pay a greater share of the costs of their own education. Judging...

The fall of literature

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

Until the 1970s, it was expected that Australian students should read classic literature over the course of several years at school. Since then, the classics have increasingly been pushed out of curricula, with many of them crudely dismissed by...

2015 literature course

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Bolt

This year's course has been amended to reflect both the literary and emotional needs of our students. If the piece of literature requires it, we will warn people about possible psychological harms they might suffer from reading the book. Such...

Scrap the National Curriculum

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

The education minister Christopher Pyne has promised to review the Gillard Government's National History Curriculum. But the curriculum doesn't need to be reviewed. It needs to be scrapped. The hostility towards the legacy of Western Civilisation...

All roads lead to Canberra

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Kevin Donnelly

One of the defining features of left-of-centre parties - exemplified by ALP Commonwealth government over the last six years - is the urge to centralise power and to adopt a command and control model of public policy. As argued by Friedrich Hayek...

David Cameron's radical idea

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

For all the criticism it has received, the Cameron government in Britain has undertaken at least one transformative and visionary reform since its inception. That is, the introduction of free schools in the British education system overseen...

The market works

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

‘If you are offered free fruit and vegetables at the market, you know they will be rotten. If you want fresh produce, then you have to pay for it.' This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in...

Education and federalism: the last line of defence

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Byron Hodkinson

One of federalism's great virtues is that it provides a means to smaller government. Demarcated power limits the spending excesses of individual governments and provides a check to overarching state authority. The politics of Australian federalism...

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