A year ago, in a moment of optimism, I expressed the hope that we were about to declare an end to the so-called school funding war. My optimism was based on the passage by parliament of the Australian Government’s education bill, which enacted what’s commonly called the Gonski 2.0 funding reforms.
It’s often said that great leaders must ‘walk the talk’, and this is certainly something Serena Rae Thompson is striving to do, writes Sarah Dunning, communications consultant for the Menzies Foundation. Serena is mentoring Year 7 students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) through a 12-month Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship.
For many of us, our phone is the first thing we pick up in the morning, and the last thing we put down at night. If you are like me, you do this despite knowing that sleep experts recommend we leave our devices in another room to get a full night’s rest...
If there’s one myth about teaching that’s sure to send a collective groan through school staff rooms, it’s this one: ‘It must be great being a teacher – all those holidays, all that time off.’
In recent months, I have watched with a degree of disappointment as Independent schools have been used as a whipping boy in a political campaign by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) against changes to the Australian Government’s school funding
For the past three years, teachers in all schools in all states have been collecting data in an attempt to do the right thing: to identify, record and meet the needs of students with disability.
When an argument seeks to assert ‘facts’ that are based solely on what the news media has reported, you can end up with a flimsy argument. When the reported ‘facts’ are selectively cited to confirm preconceived beliefs, you end up with prejudice masquerading as research.
People gather on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House every day of the week, for all kinds of reasons. It’s a favourite spot for wedding parties to pose for photos. Tourists are drawn by the Victorian era architecture. It’s a place for political protests. It’s the natural backdrop for media interviews with politicians.
With good will, and maybe a little luck, the passage by parliament of the Australian Government’s education bill will put an end – for the time being at least – to what’s become known as the school funding wars.