Monthly Archives : April 2021

Victorian state school teachers seek 7 per cent pay rise and smaller class sizes

The union would put teacher workload at the heart of its campaign for higher pay, Ms Peace said. “Despite their professionalism, exhausted teachers with excessive workloads who are teaching large classes can’t deliver the quality teaching and support our children need and deserve,” she said. Australian Education Union Victorian president…

How ABC journalist Bill Birtles fled China

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size At about half past five in the afternoon on August 31, 2020, I received the call that changed everything. I was in my office, furiously tapping out a big story, when my phone rang. It was one of the managers from International…

For the needy schools, more money is critical

Blame the NAPLAN tests for the drop in standards It is no coincidence that education standards have declined every year since the 2008 introduction of NAPLAN tests. Inevitably teachers teach to the test, and the constraints of NAPLAN have overwhelmed meaningful curriculum. Even in primary schools, creative, stimulating teaching has…

More First Nations, less Christian heritage in curriculum changes

Year 9 student Dujuan Hoosan, the subject of documentary film In My Blood It Runs which told his story of disengagement from Australia’s education system, said the new content couldn’t come soon enough. “I hope they make [it] quick while I’m still at school,” he said. “I feel real happy…

International student return should be approached with caution: Alan Tudge

Mr Tudge insisted Canberra’s “No.1 priority is the health of Australians and their economic security, and we don’t want to put that in jeopardy”. Loading Education is Victoria’s No.1 export, and schools and universities have both pushed for a timeline on the return of international students, who have been unable…

Mental health a ‘big theme of budget’, Merlino says

“Nothing about last year was easy,” he said. “Remote learning amplified existing inequalities. “Anxiety spiked for students and for staff. I’ll give you one example, at the height of the pandemic eating disorder presentations to emergency departments by young people rose by a shocking 51 per cent on the previous…

Curriculum review a chance to transform education

The power of education, as noted in the Alice Springs Mparntwe Education Declaration agreed by all Australian education ministers in 2019, is that it transforms lives. Through education, young people are able to realise their full potential for living creatively, healthily and productively. Can there be anything more important to…

new teaching method push for disadvantaged schools

“Kids don’t have a chance to opt out, so it doesn’t matter what level they’re at, they’re having to engage in this lesson,” he says. No data has been published yet to indicate if Chelsea Primary’s approach to literacy is raising results. The school switched to synthetic phonics in 2019,…

Selective schools try to harness power of old school tie

Cranbrook, a high-fee eastern suburbs boys’ college attended by generations of business moguls, excels at fundraising. It is budgeting for $125 million to come from parents and alumni for a new Centenary building, and is poised to receive a significant donation from Atlassian multibillionaire Scott Farquhar if it proceeds with…

Cecilia Bartoli, London Grammar, Cory Hanson and more

Cory Hanson, best known as singer/songwriter with the exceptional Los Angeles psych/prog band Wand, produced one of the last decade’s unheralded masterpieces with his solo debut, The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo (2016). Where that forged a sparse aesthetic, merging Hanson’s nylon-string guitar playing and delicate, winsome vocals with delicious string…