Some ‘‘really amazing’’ blogging is being done in Victorian schools, and often the best work is being done by younger students, says James Farmer, the former Deakin University education technology lecturer who left academic life in 2005 to establish Edublogs, his blog-hosting website, as a global operation.
Queensland has told Julia Gillard to “butt out of education” while revealing it would follow Victoria in hatching its own school funding reform plan.
In the latest setback to the Prime Minister's hopes of striking a deal with the states, the Queensland government declared on Thursday the Prime Minister should “give up” on her Gonski school funding reforms.
A FURIOUS Gillard government has warned that more than $1 billion in funding for Victorian students has been placed at risk after Premier Ted Baillieu walked away from a national plan to overhaul schools.
PARENTS are being warned to be wary of salespeople using highly emotive tactics to sell educational software costing up to $8000, including claims the programs are necessary because the Australian education system is substandard.
Consumer Affairs Minister Michael O'Brien said parents from multicultural communities - who often place a very high value on education - were particularly at risk, comprising 40 per cent of people complaining about educational software sales last year.
A parent whose child is born this year faces half a million dollars in school costs if they choose an independent school in Melbourne from pre-school to year 12.
The projected cost, which is likely to make parents question whether they can afford a private education, is roughly equivalent to the city's median house price.
A public education in Melbourne, while by no means free, is considerably cheaper, costing parents an estimated $65,484 by the end of 2030.
THE states have demanded the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, urgently spell out her signature education reforms amid fears time is running out to effectively implement the $6.5 billion in new spending on schools.
Global education companies are planning to open Australia's first for-profit schools targeting local primary and secondary students as early as next year.
Fairview Global, a for-profit schools network based in Malaysia, will send scouts to Australia within six months to find potential sites, with the aim of opening two schools next year and in 2015.
Australian year 7 students have got worse at maths since the introduction of national literacy and numeracy tests five years ago, according to the latest national snapshot.
And 14 Victorian schools breached national protocols when conducting this year's NAPLAN tests, including giving a class excess time, making test materials available to students before the test and granting a disability adjustment that was not entitled, a separate report says.
Australia could benefit from a world-first training program developed by the Kuwaiti government to combat religious extremism at its roots, one of its senior officials has advised.
The program, which has been running successfully in Russia, Azerbaijan and the Ukraine, is aimed at eliminating radical ideology by educating religious leaders and those in positions of power and influence, according to Dr Adel al-Falah, the under secretary for Kuwait’s Ministry of of Awqaf and Islamic Developments.
A major Victorian study into how teachers use test data to help children learn has revealed that while struggling students clocked up huge improvements after six months, the performances of top students stagnated.
Michael Kirby -- It is time for Australians to rediscover the original ideals and optimism of public education. Because of pressure groups and wedge politics, the grand objectives have been forgotten or frustrated of late. Where did we go wrong? How can we reverse our present direction?
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's goal of Australia having one of the top five schooling systems in the world by 2025 has been thrown into doubt after the nation received disastrous results in the latest international reading, maths and science tests.
Australian children were beaten by students from 26 countries in year four reading in the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.
Rosemary Follett -- Whilst we celebrate the success of individuals in achieving excellence in academic subjects, educators and the broader community must ask: what constitutes success in senior secondary education? The essence of education is on the preparation of students for their future.