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Post Covid:  Teachers – 10   Pollies – Nil

Post Covid: Teachers – 10 Pollies – Nil

There have been innumerable conversations about the effect of the covid pandemic on education. Many of these conversations have been valuable. However, the most valuable conversation, about what teachers can and will do, is not being had.  In essence the...

Claims Students will fall behind are about ATAR not Learning.

Claims Students will fall behind are about ATAR not Learning.

We need to stop the noise about students falling behind during these lockdowns.  It is a useful political tool as parents are easily triggered by threats to the children.  But it is just noise and the question we need to ask is: Behind what? There seems to...

What Do We Want to Take Forward?

What Do We Want to Take Forward?

Today, in most states of Australia, a number of our youngest students are heading back to school following a very long break. Many students, teachers and parents will be feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety.  Most of us are dealing with the critical...

In Relation to Schools the PM offers Smoke and Mirrors.

In Relation to Schools the PM offers Smoke and Mirrors.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about the federal government's unethical and egregious treatment of both our federation’s constitution and our students and teachers. I thought it couldn’t get much worse. But I was wrong. Not content with setting up...

Angry All Over Again

Angry All Over Again

I am angry again and my heart is breaking.  The response to the article I published on Friday was encouraging. I was pleased that I had been able to speak on behalf of teachers.This morning I sat to answer the emails we had received. Responses were overwhelmingly...