The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible inclusion in the edition for Thursday 30 October 2014 but it was not selected for publication.
Education reform based on myths
Leading education academic Professor Stephen Dinham makes a really important point in observing that significant educational reforms in Australia are often based on myths (“Education reforms ‘based on myths’”, 28/10).
After the Queensland Minister for Education, John-Paul Langbroek, had spoken at a function about 18 months ago, I asked him what evidence there was that the program of independent public schools on which the state had embarked would lead to a net improvement in education.
In reply, he stated that the program sat well with his party’s values and beliefs and that it would be modelled on the one being implemented in Western Australia. He didn’t mention anything that could be considered evidence. His non-answer was very like the one he had given to a similar question in a Radio National interview a few weeks earlier.
It is ironic that teachers are regularly told that their classroom methods must be “evidence based” but politicians conveniently ignore this criterion when they are focused on putting ideology into practice.
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National Conference, Melbourne
The AATE National Conference will be held in Melbourne from 30 November to 3rd December. The theme is My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice. The program is available here; visit the conference website Early bird registration closes on 20 September. A range of prices includes $550 for personal mem...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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