O’Farrell, great supporter of the Gonski reforms, will be sadly missed

Over many years I have had personal connections with Barry O’Farrell in my role as a commentator on schooling. He has always supported public schools (sent his children to them) and has always been an upfront and honest politician when … Continue reading

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New gig as blog editor for the AARE

You may know already, I have a  new gig as blog editor for the Australian Association for Research in Education. Check out our latest post by Professor Alan Reid telling Minister Christopher Pyne that  politicians should leave decisions about teaching … Continue reading

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More about the sharkcatcher’s daughter

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I promised I would tell you more about Angelica, the sharkcatcher’s daughter. As I have just started the sixth short story in this collection I thought it was about time I gave you the background on the first story ( … Continue reading

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Pyne’s Review of National Curriculum will be a shambles

Today Christopher Pyne appointed two of his chosen men to review our national curriculum, Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire. I expect it will be a shambles. We certainly don’t need to wait until May to know what this review-by-two will … Continue reading

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Speeches given at my retirement function

For those interested here is a video (thanks Alex Parker) of the speeches given at my retirement function. Speeches by Bill Shorten, Lila Mularczyk, Greg Whitby, Angelo Gavrielatos, John Hartigan, Shirley Alexander and me. PS    I started writing for a … Continue reading

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Another backflip from Abbott and Pyne

It is difficult to believe anything Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott say about education. Almost every day they contradict themselves and each other. Today just minutes before they were to face a barrage from Bill Shorten in Question Time they … Continue reading

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Contradictions and confusion: Coalition funding for schools

I know I have been retired for only a few days but I can’t help myself. For the past week I have been wondering why Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott have been getting away with such blatant lies and self … Continue reading

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