Category Archives: Education

TREVOR COBBOLD. Govt Concealing Catholic Schools’ Use of Taxpayer Funds

Public accountability for the use of taxpayer funding is a fundamental tenet of democratic government. Yet, this principle has long been ignored by Catholic education authorities who refuse to reveal how they distribute government funding amongst their schools despite it … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Education Department Slammed for Failure to Monitor How School Systems Distribute Taxpayer Funding

The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit of the Parliament has slammed the Commonwealth Department of Education for failing to ensure that government funding of public and private school systems is distributed according to needs-based principles.

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LINDA SIMON. Review Lite for VET! – What happened to the Royal Commission?

Under the pressure of an upcoming Federal election and little action taken to address ongoing issues in the vocational education and training sector, in November 2018 the Prime Minister announced a review into VET. The review was to be undertaken … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Public Schools are Defrauded by Billions Under New Funding Agreements

Public schools are being defrauded by billions under school funding agreements finalised at the end of last year between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments (“the states”). Public schools in all states except the ACT will be under-funded indefinitely while private … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Money Matters for Student Outcomes

A new comprehensive review of academic studies in the United States has found overwhelming evidence of a strong causal relationship between increased school spending and student outcomes. It concludes that “the question of whether money matters is essentially settled” and … Continue reading

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CHRIS BONNOR. Separating scholars in Australia’s schools

The beginning of the school year is a time of excitement and expectation for students and their families: a new year, new friends, and often a new school. It is also exciting for teachers and school principals as they welcome … Continue reading

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LYNDSAY CONNORS – CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER. The Marketing of Private Schools

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER. The Marketing of Private Schools In its recent newspaper advertisement for a Director of Advancement, a long-established Sydney private school for Catholic boys described itself as “an inclusive, non-selective, school, with students attending from all walks of … Continue reading

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ALLAN PATIENCE. Teaching as a vocation.

Good teachers are equal to good parents in any civilized society. They are infinitely more important than politicians, civil servants, professionals, business people, media commentators, celebrities and sports stars all put together. (Good nurses come a very close second.) Yet … Continue reading

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BRUCE THOM. University research cuts.

The December budget update gave the federal government the opportunity to once again slice into the operating expenses of universities. This time it was to cut funds for research. Cumulative hits to one of the nation’s major sources of export … Continue reading

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GEORGE MONBIOT. Advertising and Academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

By abetting the ad industry, universities are leading us into temptation, when they should be enlightening us.

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STUART REES. Free speech about Israel/Palestine at an American and Australian university.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise across Europe and the United States. So too are accusations of anti-Semitism as a means of stifling any criticism of Israeli policies towards Palestinians. As with any racially motivated prejudice, anti-Semitism is completely unjustifiable.  So too … Continue reading

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BOB BIRRELL AND KATHARINE BETTS. Australian universities’ dependence on overseas students: too much of a good thing.

In November 2018 we published an analysis <http://tapri.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Final-overseas-student-revisited.pdf> of the higher education overseas student industry. It was framed around the remarkable growth in the share of commencing overseas university students to all commencing students over the years 2012 to 2016. … Continue reading

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CHRIS BONOR. The Best of 2018: The elite schools’ arms race goes nuclear

Yes, it was Sunday and the news is usually more sensational than during the week. But the extravagant building plans of some ‘elite’ schools, revealed in the Sun Herald, were certainly eye-opening. According to the report, two of these schools … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. WA public schools lose billions under new Education Agreement.

Public schools will lose about $6.1 billion in funding over ten years from 2018 under the new Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments published last week. It means that public schools will be under-funded by about $4.6 … Continue reading

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LOUISA GUNNING. Why we shouldn’t blame the students.

In the past year or so, I have been made painfully aware of poor NAPLAN results among high school students as a student who just finished my last NAPLAN exam last year. Many of the articles I have seen seem … Continue reading

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LYNDSAY CONNORS, JIM McMORROW. Gonski Will Still Feature on the Federal Election Menu.

Labor and the Coalition both appear to be poised to go to next year’s federal election brandishing their contrasting versions of ‘Gonski’. Key features of the original 2011 Gonski model for funding the nation’s schools generated broad consensus. Given that … Continue reading

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ROGER SCOTT. Universities and the competition for international students

Compared to Britain, Australia has been highly successful in its venture into international education over the past decade but a number of writers have raised concerns over the continuing viability of depending on this source of funding into the future.  

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Public Schools Are Swindled by Billions Under New Education Agreements.

Public schools in NSW and South Australia will be swindled by about $7.5 billion over the next decade under new special deals incorporated in education agreements recently negotiated with the Commonwealth Government. The loss to NSW public schools is about … Continue reading

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JOHN TONS. Testing times for South Australian schools.

Coming soon to your local school is news about South Australia’s ranking on the McKinsey Universal Scale.  Most likely you will have never heard about the McKinsey Universal Scale, or McKinsey for that matter.  McKinsey is yet another international company … Continue reading

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LYNDSAY CONNORS. Time for a long hard look at the goals and purposes of schooling.

Schools hold up the mirror to a society as well as shaping its future. There is more to education than schools, but schooling is the formal process by which we assist young people to develop their capacity to learn and … Continue reading

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CHRIS BONNOR. The ABC of school funding

Years ago the late Bernie Shepherd and I began wading through a mountain of My School data about schools. We soon discovered that the public funding of private schools was growing so rapidly that they would soon get more money … Continue reading

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ROGER SCOTT. All creatures great and small: parity or esteem?

The festive campaigning season is upon us and the federal Minister for Education wishes to bring gifts to those small tertiary institutions located in sensitive rural constituencies. Unfortunately for those who live in the greater (ie research-intensive) metropolitan institutions the … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Australia’s education system is nearly the most unequal in the developed world.

Australia prides itself on its egalitarian ethos, but it is a myth in education. Not only do we have one of the most segregated school systems in the OECD and the world, but a report just published by the United … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Australia has one of the most socially segregated schools systems in the world.

A new OECD report shows that Australia has one of the most segregated school systems in the OECD and in the world. It also shows that Australia had the equal largest increase in social segregation in the OECD and the … Continue reading

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CHRIS BONNOR. Discrimination recriminations in the debate about private schools.

Debates about discrimination in schools need to go much further, argues Chris Bonnor

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BRUCE THOM. University Research Under Veto.

Veto action on certain successful Australian Research Council research proposals together with a proposal to establish a “national interest” test by federal Ministers for Education reflect poorly on the independence and integrity of university research and research training.

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RICHARD HOLDEN. The best way to boost the economy is to improve the lives of deprived students. (The Conversation 25.10.2018)

What if we had an opportunity to double the size of the tourism industry, or to quadruple the size of the beef industry, or to boost the economy by more than any of the presently proposed tax switches?  What if we … Continue reading

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CARMEN LAWRENCE. Waste in the Commonwealth/State divide in education

In the seemingly never ending debate about the best way to fund our schools, relatively little consideration is given to the effects of the declining influence of state governments and the increasing exercise of power by the Commonwealth.  However, in … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Disadvantaged schools miss out in access to teachers.

The large gaps in student achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in Australia are well known. What is less well known is that government teacher policies are compounding the gaps by discriminating against disadvantaged schools in their access to teaching … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. Morrison puts more nails in the coffin of Gonski.

The Gonski funding model was systematically dismantled by the Abbott and Turnbull Governments and it was almost dead and buried by the end of Turnbull’s reign. The Morrison Government has put more nails in the Gonski coffin with a new … Continue reading

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