It’s time to be honest with parents about NAPLAN: your child’s report is misleading, here’s how

This post was originally published on the AARE blog website. I am posting it here for two reasons – first because it is such an important message, and second because I am testing out the REPUBLISH button on the AARE blog. (Yes you should try it out too.) By Nicole Mockler You know there is … More It’s time to be honest with parents about NAPLAN: your child’s report is misleading, here’s how

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 you. It is  Australian schooling’s dirty little secret Linda Hobbs from Deakin University knows all … More Teachers teaching out of the field of their qualification is a growing problem in Australian schools

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 dealing with me. I have steadfastly admired him for that. I am very sorry to … More O’Farrell, great supporter of the Gonski reforms, will be sadly missed

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 come up with. Kevin Donnelly is well known in education circles. He has attacked just … More Pyne’s Review of National Curriculum will be a shambles

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 contradictions over school funding. Christopher Pyne can’t seem to remember what he has promised and … More Contradictions and confusion: Coalition funding for schools