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Quality education is a public good, not a user pays commodity.
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Why this site?

The Global Education Reform Movement has finally made its way to Australian shores. It brings with it a tsunami of change, not just to the way our public schools are administered, but to the very ethos of their existence. The 'experts'  funding and driving this reform movement are not education leaders, but business leaders, who believe in a competition driven, market based model for school administration.

 

The reform movement also believes in smaller government and lower taxes. They question the notion of providing publicly funded education for all but the most needy, labelling it "middle class welfare". In almost every instance, so-called 'school reforms' involve considerable savings for government.

 

This site is a collection of articles and blogs that give the other side to the story and challenge the rhetoric of the education reform movement. I'll be updating it weekly.

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Coalition backdown on school funding

Coalition backdown on school funding | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
THE Coalition has backed away from suggestions private schools are hard done by, with opposition education spokesman, Christopher Pyne, denying the current level of funding for independent schools was an injustice.

 

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Don’t Mention The Class War

Don’t Mention The Class War | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
The Gonski Report is back in the news — here’s our report from February. We ask: Are private schools making Australia dumber?
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Responding to the Gates Foundation: How Do We Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations?

Responding to the Gates Foundation: How Do We Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations? | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

This handwringing is hard to take seriously, because, as I wrote about two years ago, there has indeed been a war on the teaching profession, and the Gates Foundation continues to arm one side very heavily.


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Disadvantaged kids left in the lurch by state Budget cuts

Disadvantaged kids left in the lurch by state Budget cuts | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
CASH-strapped primary schools are asking parents to pass on government grants so they can maintain education standards.
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Are our teachers making the grade?

Are our teachers making the grade? | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

There is, however, a striking disconnect in Australia, between the acknowledged importance of great teachers and the low status of the profession.

 

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Poor students miss out on teaching strategies

Poor students miss out on teaching strategies | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
STUDENTS from poorer families are less likely to receive several sound teaching methods that have been shown to significantly improve reading literacy performance, according to a new NSW study.

 

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Schools jittery as Gillard delays education reforms | smh.com.au

Schools jittery as Gillard delays education reforms | smh.com.au | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

THE federal government has delayed its long-awaited response to the first major review of school funding in 40 years amid anger over lack of consultation and concerns some private schools would be worse off.

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Why we're never satisfied with teachers

Why we're never satisfied with teachers | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

The hidden issue of gender

While those who say the teaching profession needs to be fixed claim a variety of supporting evidence for action, there is one important factor that does not make it into public debates – the influence of gender stereotypes.

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Unsatisfied students mark down teachers at ANU

Unsatisfied students mark down teachers at ANU | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

CLOSE to 1000 teachers at Australia's top university are being told to make their students happy at the expense of confronting their fledgling thinkers with rigorous lessons, says the union representing lecturers.

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The Best Teachers Care | newmatilda.com

The Best Teachers Care | newmatilda.com | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
We don’t talk about quality barristers or politicians, so why use the word to put down overworked teachers?
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Wyong TAFE staff picket MP Darren Webber

Wyong TAFE staff picket MP Darren Webber | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
ABOUT 30 Wyong TAFE teachers protested about the state government's budget cuts...
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Here is a website about content curation

Here is a website about content curation | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
Every day, you can find amazing content on the Web. Due to the multitudes of websites cropping up all over the online world, "information overload" is something we all seem to suffer from. It is easy to feel lost while searching for a particular piece of information you need, especially ... Continue reading »
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Teachers in MHTA are asked to curate work 

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Education Department Briefing

Education Department press briefing in Sydney to counter the current misinformation campaign by the Teachers Federation and clarify the wholly beneficial ref...
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Leaders in epic fail on education

Leaders in epic fail on education | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
Politicians should resist middle class expectations about their entitlement to a highly subsidised private education.

 

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A hard marker

A hard marker | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
SCHOOLS will have to produce performance plans outlining how they will improve students' results in exchange for increased funding and control over their own budgets under the Gillard government's blueprint to boost the education system.

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Priority schools funding | NSW Teachers Federation

Priority schools funding | NSW Teachers Federation | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it

Fears that the Education Department would abolish equity programs have been realised, with all schools that currently receive equity programs funding, staffing supplementation and consultancy support to be “transitioned” off the programs from next year.

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Union says program undermines country schools - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Union says program undermines country schools - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
The State School Teachers Union (SSTU) of Western Australia says regional schools will find it harder to attract teachers if plans to further decentralise the education system go ahead.
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Teachers and Principals Say School Autonomy Means Cutbacks

The rationale for increased autonomy for schools, despite almost two decades worth of international and national evidence to the contrary, has been that it will improve student results. Less than one in five (19%) of teaching staff in the autonomy trial schools agree.

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O'Farrell accused of missing target on teachers

O'Farrell accused of missing target on teachers | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
THE NSW government has not met its own targets for a key election commitment of delivering 900 more literacy and numeracy teachers by 2015.

 

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What Is the Public Purpose of Public Education?

What Is the Public Purpose of Public Education? | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
In case you have forgotten how to answer that question; In case you are befuddled by the nonstop attacks on public schools and those who teach in them; In case you don’t remember the history ...
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NSW plans to cut public servant entitlements - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The NSW Government has confirmed it wants to cut entitlements for public servants including getting rid of allowances for people working in remote areas.
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Public sector faces award squeeze

Public sector faces award squeeze | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
Public sector workers are set to lose their entitlements to holiday leave loading and additional paid leave for caring for sick family members under changes the state government is seeking to make to their award conditions.

 

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Save Our Schools Canberra: Downsides to East Asian Education Success

The studies raise questions about whether East Asian schools systems are a good model for Australia to follow to improve school results as advocated by the Grattan Institute.

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Aboriginal literacy drive fails the test

Aboriginal literacy drive fails the test | Public Education for Public Good | Scoop.it
"By year 3, around 40 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below minimum standard for reading. Unfortunately, this is almost triple the rate of non-Aboriginal students," Mr Achterstraat said. "By year 5, around 50 per cent of Aboriginal students are at or below the minimum standard.''

 

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