keywords: National Curriculum

  • EDUCATION

    How Catholic schools are failing the poor

    • Ross Fitzgerald
    • 24 August 2009
    25 Comments

    A neoliberal funding policy has undermined the ability of Catholic schools to meet poor children's needs. Instead, Catholic schools have allowed millions of tax dollars to be siphoned off public schools and given to the private sector.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    League tables short-change students

    • Fatima Measham
    • 15 July 2009
    12 Comments

    Studies correlate teacher morale with student achievement, so ranking schools according to student performance may be counterproductive if it hurts teacher morale. Finland has the best education system in the world without resorting to league tables.

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  • EDUCATION

    Taking maths out of the equation

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 02 February 2009
    11 Comments

    These are earnest kids, wanting to succeed. Society has told them that to succeed they must be able to draw a parabola, find the vertex, state the axis of symmetry. This city has two million adults — how many ever heard of an axis of symmetry?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poultry parable for homeless youth

    • John Honner
    • 12 August 2008
    21 Comments

    Imagine a young person in State care trying to access the rental market with no money or employment history. Beryl the Chook was last in the pecking order, but through a 'constructive alliance' her strengths began to overcome her defecits.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Meaningless' maths gives way to compulsory multilingualism

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 24 April 2008
    31 Comments

    What Mozart and Michelangelo did with music and art, Maxwell and Euler did with numbers. But students would be better off learning a compulsory second language, rather than maths with little real-world application.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Teaching history of our region is also important

    • Jack Waterford
    • 21 August 2006

    If the Federal Government is serious about history, it should be devoting as much time to having us understand the history of our neighbours, and having our neighbours understand our sense of our own. It's mostly virgin territory.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Firebrand

    • Rebecca Marsh
    • 10 July 2006

    Rebecca Marsh considers Naomi Klein’s challenge to the multinationals in No Logo.

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  • EDUCATION

    Need to know basis

    • Robin Jeffrey
    • 04 July 2006

    It is crucial that Australia increases its knowledge of Asia

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The state of education

    • Mike Ticher
    • 31 May 2006

    Mike Ticher looks at the value of public schools to the community.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    History remembered

    • Matthew Lamb
    • 08 May 2006

    Matthew Lamb looks at Stuart Macintyre’s The historian’s conscience.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    In the shadows of the past

    • Anthony Ham
    • 30 April 2006

    The legacy of Franco still looms large in the Spanish imagination

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