Education

Teachers As Activists
29 August 2017

Teachers As Activists

Earlier this month, parents at Forestville Public School in the Northern beaches were invited to watch their children perform in a play entitled ‘Australia –You’re Standing in It’. Much of the junior amateur production was apparently a light-hearted re-enactment of Australia’s history, from Captain Cook’s arrival on the shores of Australia to the iconic ‘Louie the Fly’ advertisements which hit
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Hardly On The Hunt For Facts
18 June 2017

Hardly On The Hunt For Facts

The ABC and the Australian Human Rights Commission have teamed up with far-left student activists for a blatant propaganda campaign about campus sexual assault and harassment. Tomorrow the ABC is broadcasting a “documentary” called The Hunting Ground which, the ABC website says, “takes audiences to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups across college campuses in
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Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants
17 June 2017

Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants

This month, a number of university departments across Australia will be filled with the sound of popping corks and clinking glasses, as 91 jubilant Future Fellows and their colleagues celebrate the announcement by the Hon. Simon Birmingham that they are each to receive a slice of the Australian Research Council’s considerable pie. In this latest round of funding from the
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Killing The University
2 June 2017

Killing The University

In March, the University of Melbourne Student Union ran an “intersectional and student-led workshop around the ways in which privilege and unconscious bias permeate tutorials and seminars…” According to the official report following the workshop, there is a colossal amount of unconscious bias floating around Melbourne University, and which by all accounts appears to be emanating from one particular privileged group; white men. Workshop attendees reported that the behaviour of such individuals in tutorials and seminars made them feel bad about themselves and to doubt their own abilities.
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Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?
3 May 2017

Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?

Australian students have the immense privilege of being able to attend a world-class university regardless of their bank balance, or family background. And that will continue under the government’s recently announced plans to make students foot more of the bill for their degree, and to start paying it back sooner. The beauty of Australia’s higher education contribution scheme, or ‘HECS’
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Campus Censorship Ratchets Up
16 March 2017

Campus Censorship Ratchets Up

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of diverse ideas, there are now relentless efforts to censor debate. And, as recent events in United States, United Kingdom and Australia highlight, it’s often students themselves who seek to censor opposing voices. At Middlebury College earlier this month,
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The Coalition Hands Its Values To Hanson
24 February 2017

The Coalition Hands Its Values To Hanson

The rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party continues to befuddle the Canberra press gallery and the major political parties. In Western Australia One Nation could hold the balance of power after the state election next month, and in Queensland the party is polling 23 per cent. Even in Victoria, the state often presumed to be the country’s most progressive,
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America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools
23 February 2017

America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students’ performance compared to the rest of the world. When it comes to public education, Australia has much to learn from the United States. Last week, the US Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for Education Secretary, Betsy
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School’s now focus firmly on what divides us, not what we share in common
23 February 2017

School’s now focus firmly on what divides us, not what we share in common

Kevin Donnelly in The Australian on Tuesday argued that it’s now clear that the education sector’s ‘politically correct embrace of diversity and difference – the new code for multiculturalism – reigns supreme’: As reported in yesterday’s The Australian, school officials at Sydney’s Hurstville Boys Campus, based on a literal interpretation of a hadith, told Muslim students that it was permissible to refuse
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Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values
21 February 2017

Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values

An early test for Education Minister Rob Stokes comes with the news that Hurstville Boys Campus, a public school in Sydney’s west, has adopted “an agreed protocol” which effectively excuses some of its male students from shaking hands with females is yet another attack on our values and has no place in our taxpayer-funded schools. This decision came about following
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