The following letter was submitted for inclusion in The Australian on 30 April 2015 but it was not selected for publication.
Christopher's Pyne's pillars of schooling
I wonder does Education Minister Christopher Pyne realize that there is a logical contradiction between two of the federal government's policy pillars relating to the nation's schools ("Four pillars for education", 29/4).
The first pillar calls for a "robust" curriculum. What Pyne doesn't say in his piece in yesterday's edition is that it is not envisaged that schools will have any autonomy about what curriculum they teach.
At the same time, he claims that greater autonomy in governance and administration will improve educational outcomes. What a flexible thing school autonomy apparently is.
Pyne suggests that his push for greater school autonomy is supported by research. Fair minded people familiar with the research literature would see this as an overstatement bordering on a fib.
Early Career Conference 2021
The Early Career Conference in 2021 will be held on 23 October at Wynnum State High School, WYNNUM. The program has been updated to reflect a change in workshop offerings in workshop sessions 2 and 5. Registrations are now open until Saturday 16 October. As networking is an integral part of this day, it is envisaged that it will...
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
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.
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