NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Teacher Scholarship

    On Saturday 14th August, I attended Government House to recieve the 2010 NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Teacher Scholarship. The Anika Foundation raises money in order to fund research into how depression and mental illness are addressed in schools. The reception was hosted by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, and I spoke with NSW Education Minister, […]

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We Can’t Fail the Children of the Revolution

Since Labour’s 2007 election win, Julia Gillard have been lauding her “Educational Revolution.” Her by-line for the revolution is that much of the new National Curriculum will adopt a “Back to Basics” stance. Imagine if during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, the leaders of the time had said, “Forget this steam engine stuff, let’s get back to basics. Bring out the horse!”

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How Should We Measure The Effectiveness of a School?

Consider the following students… Christopher* is a Year 12 student who is on course for a top ATAR. He is likely to be the Dux of the School. However, Christopher has always had issues socializing, and suffers anxiety. It is not clear how he will function outside the structure of a small high school. David […]

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What’s The New Kid Like?

“What’s the new kid in Year 9 like?” I asked Mr Jones* the Maths teacher. “He’s terrible at maths,  he’s definitely not too bright,” Jonesy assured me. Whilst this is purely anecdotal and certainly not a universal approach to describing students, it is fairly common in my experience. I have asked what the child is like, and I’ve been told what the […]

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