Education

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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New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right
17 February 2017

New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right

The latest NSW Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in some significant front bench arrivals and departures in the new Berejiklian Government. One of those changes is the replacement of Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education, with Rob Stokes, previously Minister for Planning. During Piccoli’s six years in office, which have been described as everything from disappointing to a debacle he seemed to
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A New Breed Of ‘Historian’
9 January 2017

A New Breed Of ‘Historian’

In the next few weeks, thousands of young Australians, having just finished 12 years of schooling, will be preparing themselves for what should be their first, exciting foray into higher education. Their minds should be expanded, their eyes opened to new ideas and concepts. Many of them will have applied to study history. It appears however, that if they don’t
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Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity
10 December 2016

Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity

The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The prioritisation of ‘inclusive language’ and teaching ‘diversity’ above free intellectual inquiry Free intellectual inquiry and diversity of viewpoints The conflation of equivalent opportunities and
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Learning When To Catch Blackfish
5 December 2016

Learning When To Catch Blackfish

The NSW draft curriculum released last week glosses over thousands of years of western development and progress, in favour of teaching students about climate change in mathematics class. The NSW Board of Studies, slavishly following the National Curriculum, has adopted three so-called cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.
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7 September 2016

Dead To History

A movement to censor our history is forming at Australian universities. Students and academics are campaigning for buildings and lecture halls to be renamed because of their association with ‘offensive’ historical figures. They no longer feel comfortable confronting, or even acknowledging, the past- instead, they want to expunge it altogether. Their first target is the renaming of the Richard Berry
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WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend
19 August 2016

WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend

Trigger warnings-alerts before content that could cause emotional discomfort-are an attack on intellectual freedom. The warnings change understanding, damage student mental health, and contradict the entire purpose of higher education: to challenge, not coddle, students. Following the concerning American trend, trigger warnings have quietly crept into Australian universities in recent years. They have become replete across student publications and organisations,
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21 July 2016

Potential Rorting A Warning For PaTH Program

Allegations of potential rorting of the Victorian Labor government’s ‘Back to Work’ scheme is a warning shot across the bow of the re-elected Federal Coalition government’s own wage subsidy program. Getting people into work is a laudable aim, but governments of all persuasions need to be careful of rent-seekers lining up to line their own pockets. The announcement of a
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