Category Archives : Education

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…

Carbon reduction cash is tiny next to coal subsidy

Milkshake debacle is an insult to teen intelligence The NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell is too kind when she calls the Good Society videos “pretty woeful”(“Advocates deny being involved in sex education films”, April 21). Inept, confusing, bizarre, patronising and risible are other descriptions, but the best assessments are unprintable….

Police Minister David Elliott calls for teacher to be sacked over Black Lives Matter posters

Posters displayed at Lindfield Learning Village school on Sydney’s upper north shore. In light of a jury finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of black man George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Mr Elliott told Nine’s Today show: “NSW Police aren’t American police.” “I can’t believe we’ve got these left-wing teachers…

NSW Education Minister says new consent videos a missed opportunity

Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino also criticised the website on Tuesday, saying the resource was a “big fail” and should be remade. “I was pretty disappointed,” he said. “The feedback I’ve heard from students is they’re just confused about what it’s even trying to say. “It’s not a resource I’ll…