Tag : national curriculum

Chris Pyne wants to be your BFF!

In his first few weeks as Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne has continued the Coalition’s penchant for pithy – if a little superficial – slogans, saying that the government’s policy on schools is “achievable, affordable and believable.” It even rhymes. But what does that actually – y’know – mean? Speaking last week at the Independent Education Union’s National Conference, Pyne offered us a glimpse into his thinking. The government’s education reform policy is built around three pillars: ·      The Australian Curriculum ·      School Autonomy ·      Raising […]

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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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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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Have you read The National Times today?

My latest article has been published by Fairfax Media’s National Times. The most popular course at Harvard University is not medicine or dentistry. Neither is it engineering or even law. It is positive psychology, the field of psychology that is sometimes dismissed as ‘‘happy classes’’. Tal Ben Shahar first offered the class in 2002 and eight students enrolled. By the third year 855 undergraduates attended the course making it the most popular class at Harvard.  How could it be that […]

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Only the “bright” allowed to shine…

In the latest Sun-Herald in Sydney, there is an eight page spread about how parents should choose an independent school. obviously it has had significant input from various independent schools as well as including a 39-point checklist for things to look for when choosing the right school for your child. It spoke of looking at the individual needs of the child, the extra curricular opportunities,as well as the policies in regard to religion, homework and bullying. Countless articles and advertisements spoke of how schools value the […]

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Study Tour | Week 5 Wrap

So five weeks come to an end. It’s been a remarkable time in the UK, USA and Canada. Just this week I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tayyab Rashid in Toronto, and he is doing some very cool stuff with Signature Strengths in education. He works in a wide range of schools from the affluent to the less well off and looks to engage teachers, students and parents in the work. He is also looking to develop more resources that […]

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Can we at least talk about it?

Well I certainly got what I asked for… and it has been a hectic few days! The last line of my Sydney Morning Herald article asked “Can we at least talk about it?” in reference to youth depression and suicide. The overwhelming majority of the feedback both at SMH and at Online Opinion was very positive towards my article. There was one letter to the editor in the SMH from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg who dismissed my article as “(a) hysterical […]

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Did you get the Sydney Morning Herald today?

I’ve always been a fan of the Sydney Morning Herald and Radio 2UE; and today is no exception! On page 11 of today’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, you will find an article I have written entitled “It’s time to confront the deadliest demon of them all” (the SMH’s headline, not mine.) In it I discuss the role of teachers in enhancing the wellbeing of students. I also discuss the need for the national curriculum to allow teachers to do this, by recognising […]

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Product Recall Announcement: Faulty Students

In a move likely to cause concern, several schools have issued a Product Recall for the students produced in the last 5-10 years. According to the schools, the students are missing key aspects of their educational development. A series of Sydney Morning Herald articles sparked the recall with rates of HSC students reporting psychological and psychiatric issues rising 30% between 2005 and 2009 and Universities decrying the lack of resilience in modern day undergraduates. * *Not strictly true. No school […]

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When Will We See the Education Revolution?

Recently I posted an entry relating to the Labour Government’s Education Revolution and the responsibility that falls on the shoulders of those writing the new National Curriculum. Today’s decision by the Independents to side with Labour means that the Revolution will continue for another 3 years at least… The Macquarie Australian Encyclopaedic Dictionary defines a Revolution as;  “(n) 1. a complete overthrow of an established government or political system. 2. a complete or marked change in something.” So far under the […]

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