31 August 2011

A focus on learning will revitalise teaching

The idea that we must sack underperforming teachers focusses on appraising teachers rather than on improving student learning.

6 July 2011

Declining student performance

It is difficult to determine which is worse, the declining performance of our students or the lack of a response to it.

18 March 2011

My School 2.0 step in the right direction

11 March 2010

Education investment better for Tasmanian living standards and productivity

27 January 2010

There’s a better way of school appraisal

In Australia, a large percentage of students only reach minimum standards of literacy and numeracy. These students are spread throughout Australia’s school education systems; there are few schools that do not have poor performing students who would benefit from improved education. Despite decades of increasing expenditure, student performance has stagnated. We have a moral imperative to improve the performance of the 30% of year 9 students who have progressed to only the very basic elements of writing literacy.