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. | 20 October 2017
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. | 14 September 2017
If you asked me what Independent schools have in common I might mention some shared fundamental foundations – a passion for education and a commitment to independence and the innovation this allows. And, perhaps paradoxically, I’d add another common characteristic – Independent schools are extraordinarily diverse.
Education is a central issue in the campaign for the 2 July 2016 federal election. This is a good thing – good for Australian parents and their children, good for teachers and schools, and good for the future of our nation.
The phrase caveat emptor – let the buyer beware – applies to commercial transactions. It tells the buyer to know what they’re getting before they part with their money.
The trouble with simple solutions to complex problems is twofold: often, they’re not simple and they’re not solutions. So it is with suggestions that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) be imposed on fees paid by parents with children at non-government schools.
Words can fail us when we hear and read about the sexual abuse of children in their homes, their schools and in other institutions. We’re shocked by the extent of it, disgusted by the predatory betrayal of trust involved, and angry when adults fail to respond properly when confronted by it.
We welcome research showing that many parents are using My School as a ‘starting point’ when making a decision about the education of their children.
A Dialogue reader has asked how the level of support for individual students with learning difficulties will be measured under the new funding arrangements.