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 my new job of editing the AARE blog for the past month. But back into … More Sneak preview chapter
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
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
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 methods to the experts. It seems Pyne will not stop at changing the national curriculum. … More New gig as blog editor for the AARE
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 ( my first post on this blog) that was given to me by Angelica. She is … More More about the sharkcatcher’s daughter
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
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 living in 1988 not 1998 ( as I say a few times).