Teaching

Colleen Harkin Discussing Teacher Shortages On The Rita Panahi Show – 11 June 2024
11 June 2024

Colleen Harkin Discussing Teacher Shortages On The Rita Panahi Show – 11 June 2024

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Colleen Harkin was on The Rita Panahi Show to discuss the IPA’s research into the teacher shortages across the nation. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Rita Panahi: Joining me now is the national manager of
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New Space Race: Putting Woke Into Orbit
29 February 2024

New Space Race: Putting Woke Into Orbit

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research into Australian Universities and how they are failing young Australians. If we want to reach for the stars, then it will be our best and brightest – not virtue signalling – that gets us there. It’s not rocket science. Or is it? Those working at Monash University’s recently launched
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A Victory For Commonsense!
23 December 2023

A Victory For Commonsense!

In a win for commonsense, education ministers across the country have recently signed off on measures requiring universities to include lessons on how to teach reading, writing, and mathematics in Bachelor of Education courses. Accreditation standards for teaching degrees have been amended to ensure teachers are instructed to avoid ‘self-directed learning’ and instead receive training in techniques proven effective half
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‘F’ for Failing to Train Our Future Teachers Properly
20 December 2023

‘F’ for Failing to Train Our Future Teachers Properly

The majority of Australia’s Year 9 students use punctuation at a Year 3 level. The Australian education system is in crisis. It is failing at a most basic level, which is to teach young Australians how to read and write. All you have to do is look at this year’s NAPLAN results to see how bad things really are in
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Who’s Teaching The Teachers?
16 December 2023

Who’s Teaching The Teachers?

No wonder woke has won At the height of the student protests in Melbourne, sixteen-year-old schoolgirl Ivy Bertram appeared on The Project to discuss her decision to help organise the pro-Palestinian rally. As Miss Bertram, an expert on Gaza and geo-politics, delivered pearl after pearl of wisdom, Mr Ali and his fellow hosts nodded in deference at the insight being proffered by
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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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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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We Measured the State of Free Speech On University Campuses
13 October 2023

We Measured the State of Free Speech On University Campuses

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the freedom of speech on 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
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The Predictable Dive of Australian Universities in Global Rankings
11 October 2023

The Predictable Dive of Australian Universities in Global Rankings

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the use of taxpayer-funding within 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
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