The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible publication on Monday 26 September 2016 but, alas, it did not make it into print.
Education reforms and money
Friday's editorial claimed that some of Julia Gillard's most effective education reforms were not about money, specifically citing the My School website and greater transparency ("School funding is no panacea", Sep 23).
This inaccurately implies that NAPLAN and the My School website cost taxpayers nothing. This is simply not true, although the relevant authority always seems unwilling to talk about the cost.
It is also worth noting that no proper cost-benefit analysis was done before these measures were instituted and many who work in education are still not convinced that they represent the best use of the money involved. Scarce funds would be better spent on feeding the pig rather than on weighing it.
Essential English CoP 2024
We are excited to announce our first event for 2024 will inspire and support Essential English teachers. Theme: Charting a course for success in Essential English When: Saturday 17 February 2024 Where: St Joseph's Nudgee College, Sandgate Road, Boondall. See the Call for Presenters for details. If you are int...
Texts in Contexts
ETAQ invites workshop proposals that deal with a diverse range of texts and contexts in English program. Our focus will be on teaching of English in a variety of different contexts, using a broad range of texts, or teaching students to respond in new ways. Workshops that would work well include those that offer ideas for units of work to fit the...
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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