Edupreneur Maxine Driscoll “wanted to give more” to schools and aspiring school leaders around the world, so she designed her own enterprise, Think Strategic, to do just that. She now devotes her professional life to ensuring educators can be the drivers of change they were born to be. Here Drisc...
According to John Hattie, for too long we’ve focused on the things and not how we use those things. It’s time we started saying ‘expertise is everywhere, our job is to scale it up’.
There’s no need to tour pockets of Scandinavia to experience state-of-the-art tech learning facilities in action. Just ask Graeme Wiggins, director of Victoria’s new Bendigo Tech School, who has just pushed open the doors to his Nordic-inspired facility.
There’s a maths crisis in Australia, and Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is pointing the finger at our universities.
Sherlock Holmes once said: “it is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data”.
Imagine strapping yourself in for a roller coaster ride inside a human eyeball.
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Student activism is actually one of the key goals of education, especially in the Humanities. Students are called to embrace the emancipatory effect of its study, to become agents of change, as they did in the Freedom Rides in Australia that led to the 1967 referendum, the Greensboro sit-ins in the US civil rights movement and the current Parkland student ‘Never Again’ movement. Many more examples exist. The student inspired climate strike this Friday reflects the noble aim of building a ‘more just, peaceful, inclusive and environmentally sustainable world.’ It’s a sign of a healthy education system. The PM needs to look at the global PISA documents through to our own Melbourne Declaration and beyond. The call to activism in key education documents and amongst the academic writings of teachers is well documented.
Please end this interminable argument about funding. Just as NAPLAN results are published every year so too the amount every school in Australia receives from state and federal governments should be revealed. Taxpayers have a right to know how and where their money is spent. Informed debate requires accurate information. This article highlights the confusion about the how much schools actually receive from various governments. Until this is resolved we cannot have a sensible debate about needs based funding.
Our challenge as teachers is to graduate students with finely tuned crap detectors who can think independently, rather than dictate how they should always vote. We rightfully are quick to criticize the brainwashing in totalitarian countries. We need to be careful that we avoid the same in our classrooms.
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