The following letter was submitted for possible publication in The Australian of Monday 31 August 2015 but it did not make it into print.
Independent public schools and teaching quality
West Australian Education Minister Peter Collier is reported as claiming that his state's system of independent public schools "is improving the calibre of teachers" (Inquirer, "Head or heart what makes a good teacher", Aug 29-30).
This is surely nonsense. Whether teachers are employed centrally by the state department or by individual schools can have no impact on the overall quality of the available teacher workforce. It will just deploy it in different ways. The most likely result is that existing relative advantage and disadvantage will both be increased.
Collier's comment seems like another example, sadly all too common in public debate about schooling, of ideology trumping logic and evidence.
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.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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