Education

Children Lose Out If Academics Shade Literature With Gender Politics
8 February 2019

Children Lose Out If Academics Shade Literature With Gender Politics

The news that academics from Queensland University of Technology are demanding that the selection of texts recommended by the national curriculum should “better reflect the sexual diversity of the classroom” provides us with more evidence that academics are more interested in engaging in political activism than they are in imparting the knowledge and wisdom of great literature. To put books
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Australian History’s Last Stand
14 January 2019

Australian History’s Last Stand

In the latest IPA Explainer, the IPA’s Dr Bella d’Abrera discusses the findings of the latest IPA report ‘Australian History’s Last Stand: An Audit of Australian History Teaching at Universities
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Literacy And Numeracy Skills Are Declining As Students Are Taught To Be More Politically Active
5 December 2018

Literacy And Numeracy Skills Are Declining As Students Are Taught To Be More Politically Active

Last week, thousands of angry and emotional schoolchildren carrying an array of crudely-made placards bearing messages of varying degrees of originality took to the streets of Sydney to protest against the Morrison government’s ‘lack of action’ on climate change. Meanwhile, in a Melbourne kindergarten, four-year-olds were recruited by their teacher to protest against refugee rights on Nauru. These baby-faced campaigners
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Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities
1 November 2018

Minister’s Veto Exposes The Rot Within The Humanities

The news that former federal education minister Simon ­Birming­ham vetoed several hum­anities research projects submitted to the Australian Research Council last year has sparked a flurry of protests by the academic Left. The real cause of the offence and outrage is because these academics have been outed to the public. Academics employed in hum­anities departments have cried that this was
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Reform ABC And Unis By Funding Cuts
5 October 2018

Reform ABC And Unis By Funding Cuts

In a public debate in Canada a few months ago with the psychologist Jordan Peterson and the philosopher Sam Harris, Bret Weinstein, the American evolutionary biologist, got to the heart of the crisis engulfing some of our society’s key cultural and political institutions. “We’ve arrived at a place in history where the sense-making apparatus that usually helps us figure out
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As Unis Stifle Free Speech, We Need A Law To Stop The Rot
28 September 2018

As Unis Stifle Free Speech, We Need A Law To Stop The Rot

The federal government needs to introduce US-style campus free-speech legislation to safeguard free intellectual inquiry and open debate at Australia’s universities. We are in the midst of a campus free-speech crisis. Universities have cancelled speakers, censored academics and charged special security fees for conservative speakers. This month a police riot squad was called to the University of Sydney in response
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Western Civilisation “Not Welcome Here”
27 September 2018

Western Civilisation “Not Welcome Here”

In 2017, following the wishes of the late Paul Ramsay, a businessman and philanthropist who made his fortune in the healthcare industry, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation was set up in Australia.  Paul Ramsay was deeply concerned that Australians are not being taught about Western Civilisation either at school or university. So he left part of his $3.4 billion
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National Curriculum Changes Should Sound Alarm Bells For Parents
21 September 2018

National Curriculum Changes Should Sound Alarm Bells For Parents

THE changes to the national curriculum announced by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) last week should sound some very loud alarm bells for Australian parents. If adopted, the changes mean that future generations of children will be in danger of finishing school and turning into adults who know nothing at all. Over the next couple of years,
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University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters
29 June 2018

University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters

Australia’s university regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, is not only failing to protect free intellectual inquiry but its ideologically driven interventions are part of the problem. Australia’s universities are facing a serious reputational crisis. The more universities become aligned with a single line of political thought, the more the community will wonder, rightly, why billions of taxpayer
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What Version of Western Civilization are Universities Offering Students?
14 June 2018

What Version of Western Civilization are Universities Offering Students?

The study of Western civilization in Australia is in crisis. This has come to light in the last few weeks following the Australian National University’s decisionto pull out from the partnership with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. University of Sydney historian Dirk Moses raises an interesting point when he declares that the problem is declining enrolments in the Bachelor of Arts in Australian
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