Education

Latest PISA Rankings Confirm Long-Term Decline In Australian Student Achievement
6 December 2023

Latest PISA Rankings Confirm Long-Term Decline In Australian Student Achievement

“Australia’s education system and the National Curriculum are failing our students, as new international data shows the dramatic decline in academic achievement over the last two decades,” said Colleen Harkin, National Manager of the Institute of Public Affairs’ Class Action program. Late last night, the OECD released its 2022 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability
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The Future Of Australia –  A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians
1 December 2023

The Future Of Australia – A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians

In July, the Institute of Public Affairs commissioned independent market research agency Insightfully to ask 800 Australians aged 16-25 a series of  11 questions about public policy. This report analyses their attitudes towards the role of government and what this might say about the political preferences of young Australians. Young Australians are aspirational but believe they will be worse off
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IPA Research: Young Australians – Principled, Entrepreneurial and Want Leadership
1 December 2023

IPA Research: Young Australians – Principled, Entrepreneurial and Want Leadership

“The stereotyping of young Australians as left-wing does them a great disservice and fails to recognise that many are entrepreneurial, sceptical of big government, abhor censorship, and are far more concerned about cost-of-living than cutting emissions,” said Brianna McKee, National Manager of Generation Liberty at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released The Future of Australia: A Survey
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Elite Universities Loathe Us
30 November 2023

Elite Universities Loathe Us

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australian university campuses, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed
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Woke Ideology Trumps Core Literacy And Numeracy Teaching Skills
22 November 2023

Woke Ideology Trumps Core Literacy And Numeracy Teaching Skills

“We are setting Australian students up for failure by spending so little time teaching our teachers core literacy and numeracy skills, while university courses focus on woke issues and activism,” said Dr Bella d’Abrera, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs’ Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. Today, the IPA released a comprehensive analysis of the content in every education faculty
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Who Teaches The Teachers? An Audit Of Teaching Degrees At Australian Universities
22 November 2023

Who Teaches The Teachers? An Audit Of Teaching Degrees At Australian Universities

Teaching as a discipline as taught at Australian universities is now dominated by the study of Critical Social Justice, also known as wokeness. Critical Social Justice assumes most human interaction in society is underpinned by oppressive power structures based on group identities, such as race and gender. These theories, now entrenched in Australian universities, were pioneered by Brazilian Marxist Paulo
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Glib Advertising Will Not Enable ‘That’ Teacher
15 November 2023

Glib Advertising Will Not Enable ‘That’ Teacher

This article was originally published in The Spectator Australia on or about 15 November 2023 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. ‘Be that teacher’ is a new $10 million advertising blitz by federal, state,
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Centralisation, The Voice, And Why The National Curriculum Should Be Abandoned
1 November 2023

Centralisation, The Voice, And Why The National Curriculum Should Be Abandoned

In this article, Colleen Harkin contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum, conducted as part of the IPA’s Class Action Program. The Class Action Program was established in 2022 to analyse Australia’s national curriculum and improve Australia’s educational standards. Centralised control results in a hierarchy of out-of-touch elites, neglects local agency, and creates unnecessary
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Climate Change Catastrophisation, Curriculum Indoctrination, And The Detrimental Impact On Youth Mental Health
29 September 2023

Climate Change Catastrophisation, Curriculum Indoctrination, And The Detrimental Impact On Youth Mental Health

In this article, Colleen Harkin contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum, conducted as part of the IPA’s Class Action Program. The Class Action Program was established in 2022 to analyse Australia’s national curriculum and improve Australia’s educational standards. The deliberate, dishonest catastrophisation of climate change and environmental issues in our school curricula is
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NAPLAN Results Offer Proof: Australia’s Education System Is Failing
29 August 2023

NAPLAN Results Offer Proof: Australia’s Education System Is Failing

In this article, Colleen Harkin contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the national curriculum, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed
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