Sneak preview chapter

For those who have been asking, here is a chapter from the fantasy novel I am writing. There are many story lines, this is the beginning of one of them. I have to confess I have been totally distracted by … Continue reading

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Teachers teaching out of the field of their qualification is a growing problem in Australian schools

We are aware it goes on, but few of us know when it is happening to our own children – teachers teaching out of their field of qualification.  It is definitely happening in a maths classroom in a school near … Continue reading

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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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