Tag : education revolution

Education Revolution: Right Idea, Wrong Method

I’ve been published on the ABC today giving my thoughts on the current state of play of education reform in Australia. Here is an excerpt: I’m not saying we shouldn’t aim to improve teaching and learning in schools. Of course we should; any profession worth its salt seeks to continually improve its impact. But what I am saying is that whilst governments may say this is their aim, many of their actions only serve to undermine teaching and learning in our schools. For example, […]

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Why, why why… don’t we ask the right questions?

Those involved with education reform  in Australia, the UK and US seem to focus on what we should teach students, when we should teach our students & how we should teach, assess and compare our students with their international counterparts. To me, it appears that those leading educational change* neglect the most important questions of all. Why should we teach our students that? Why should we teach our students then? Why do we assess kids in manner we do? Why are we comparing our students to kids (particularly in Asia) who […]

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Vive le Revolution!

On Friday 2nd March, the teaching community of Sydney got together for an incredible event. Starting at 5pm (yes… after School), 300+ teachers from across all the educational sectors got together to share concepts, collaborate, start new projects, discuss technology and generally explore the nature, purpose and possibilities of education. I’ve written of the TeachMeet phenomenon before and this event format was similar to previous TeachMeets, albeit on a larger scale, with teachers presenting either 2min or 7min presentations, while others facilitated 15min […]

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What the League Tables DON’T Tell You

In the last couple of weeks, much has been made of the fact that Australia is falling behind its Asian neighbours in terms of educational outcomes for its students. The recently published Grattan Report stated that, “In Shanghai, the average 15-year old mathematics student is performing at a level two to three years above his or her counterpart in Australia.” I’m not sure if it’s relevant, but you could reply by saying, “In Shanghai, the average 15-year old mathematics student could not tell […]

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Farewell to the Graduating Class of 2025

Today is my 35th birthday. By my reckoning by the time this year’s Kindergarten class graduate in 2025, I may well be in a position where someone might ask me to give a graduation speech for them. So in the spirit of being prepared, here is what I hope to be able to say: May I present to you, the Year Twelve Class of 2025. It only feels like yesterday, when these kids walked through the doors of Kindergarten for […]

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It Just Clicks – Latest SMH Piece

At the start of this year, 7000  school students in Miami took a maths course delivered entirely by computer. Instead of a teacher, the only adult in the room was a “facilitator” who dealt with technical problems and ensured students remained on task.  Labor’s Digital Education Revolution (DER) ensures that every Year 9 student in Australia receives a laptop – so could Australian classrooms one day resemble those in Miami? And are teachers now an endangered species?  Read my full […]

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What is the Role of a 21st Century School Principal?

On Sunday I read a report by the Sunday Telegraph’s education editor Laura Speranza which highlighted the technological habits of school principals. I tweeted the following: https://twitter.com/#!/danhaesler/status/117800130081587200 Unsurprisingly, many of the responses suggested they thought principals needed to be across all the latest technology, and if they weren’t it would hamper their students’ learning in the 21st Century. However, whilst it may be preferable for a school principal to be across all the latest technology, it is both unrealistic and unfair to expect […]

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What’s wrong with Performance Related Pay? – Latest SMH Piece

It is generally accepted in most professions that the better you are, the more money you can command.  Many teachers would agree the top in their field should be rewarded accordingly. So why is it that the Gillard government’s proposed performance-related payment scheme is not being welcomed with open arms? Read my full article in the Sydney Morning Herald. For another take on the psychology behind motivation, and an insight into why the Gillard model of PRP may not achieve its […]

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Felicia Huppert. Felicia is a well-known researcher in the field of wellbeing, and has advised and informed the UK Governments policy making in the area of mental capital and wellbeing. Amongst other things, she introduced me to the work of the New Economics Foundation who, in their own words,  look at economics, “as if people and the planet mattered.”  Based on the latest scientific research the NEF have produced the […]

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My Latest Sydney Morning Herald Article

Page 17 of today’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald carries an article I wrote regarding the development of the new Australian Curriculum. Read it online here Entitled “Old Ways Curb Young” Minds and featuring comment from Daniel Pink, Richard Gerver, Brian Caldwell and Professor Robyn Ewing, I will  be interested to see what reaction it gets, not only from the Education sector, but the public in general. Please let me know what you think! In other news… My colleague, […]

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