Rush risks poor-quality curriculum, educators warn

Professor Geoff Gallop, the former premier of Western Australia who is chairing an inquiry into the value of teachers’ work commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, said the timeframe was too tight. “It’s the [inquiry] panel’s view that the government’s timetable to what is described as the biggest overhaul in…

Imagine having daughters locked up on an island

All we need now is for Scott Morrison to show the same “fatherly concern” for two little girls caught up in a political and legal mess. Or is it better for his “tough guy” image to keep the Biloela family in limbo? Joan Brown, Orange Perhaps Jenny could ask the…

Educators not too noble to be questioned, warns NSW Education Minister”

But NSW Teachers Federation boss Angelo Gavrielatos said the government was the one failing to fulfil its responsibilities to students. Ms Mitchell’s comments come as Professor Geoff Gallop, author of an independent, federation-commissioned inquiry into teachers’ work, said working conditions were preventing teachers from working as effectively as they could….

International education groups plea for survival strategy

“We were told only one academic year would be affected, now its become two full academic years. The industry will literally be on its knees if we can’t start a third academic year, 2022, with significant returning numbers of international students.” The Morrison government has repeatedly said Australians must take…

Government needs to use a dose of common sense

On arrival in Melbourne, a number of “authority” figures (uniforms, lanyards) simply waved passengers through the airport. One yelled out to a passenger “Got a permit, mate?“, who replied “yes”. Then, with much arm waving and “you’re right”, everyone was hurried along. Not a single permit was checked. Can Dan…

Should the government be pulling back fiscal support?

Loading On his forecasts the unemployment rate will peak at 6.7 per cent in 2021-2022 before falling back in 2022-2023 and continuing to recover for years. GDP will rise, spending will increase and the housing construction sector will continue to surge. The sharp turn around in fortunes is largely due…

Comparing the Current New York City School Shutdown To 1968

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2020/08/03: A protester holds a placard that says No return until zero … [+] cases during the demonstration. Black Lives Matter, UFT United federation of teachers (union), the Democratic Socialists of America, and other groups gathered on the National Day of Resistance to protest against…