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Gonski: Commission of Audit got it wrong on school funding

Gonski: Commission of Audit got it wrong on school funding | Altruistic Communities for Education | Scoop.it
Chair of the Review of Funding for Schooling David Gonski has spoken out on his role in the controversial funding plan, released…
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In this article Gonski is talking about his committee's review of Australia's funding for public education, published in 2011. He speaks with a lot of wisdom about a difficult subject - how to give out funding when there are a range of types of schools and there are state and commonwealth interests. His key point about how to fund to promote equality stands out. It is truly a shame that the politics around the issue have made it unlikely to get the positive outcomes that this report could have brought to Australian public schools.

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MN2020 - False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform

MN2020 - False Choices: The Economic Argument Against Market-Driven Education Reform | Altruistic Communities for Education | Scoop.it
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I've been assured by an economist friend that the economic arguments here are not widely generalisable, but this makes for an interesting case study in market-driven education simply not working.

 

This is part of a far wider argument that so often gets caught up in the false dichotomy of either:

 

1) State-sponsored education with public schools for all and equality of education (down sides according to the critics: parents have little choice about how to educate children, no competition between schools)

 

2) Market driven voucher-type systems which encourage choice but create many problems (down sides according to the critics: competition between schools has a negative effect, people don't have enough information to make choices, creates a culture of compliance and regulation rather than genuine desire to educate)

 

There are ways to have the benefits of state education with the benefits of sustainable responsiveness to changing parental choices and to research - however that requires innovation in the systems around education.

 

It is sad that the current state of affairs ever since Friedman is for every few years a government to decide that a voucher system is an innovation (the Chilean system, charter schools in the US, the UK independent schools).

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Independent public schools - Why competition in public education is a bad thing - Dr Nick Kelly

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS The current government is committed to creating “independent” public schools, a change to bring more autonomy to around 25% of Australian public schools. A $70 million fund has been set up to make this a reality. According to Education Minister Christopher Pyne, independent public schools will give principals …
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This is a piece about the dangers of the independent public schools in Australia and the ideological ancestry of the idea.

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Australian Council for Educational Research - ACER

Australian Council for Educational Research - ACER | Altruistic Communities for Education | Scoop.it
An independent, non-profit organisation which creates and disseminates knowledge and tools, to improve learning, for the fulfilment of individuals and society.
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Analysis over the experiences of a number of countries is showing that teachers respond far better to efforts to create a culture of co-operation than they do to efforts to implement compliance. 

 

In other words, teachers respond to efforts to use their intrinsic motivation rather than superficial manipulations of through extrinsic motivation.

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