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Education

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A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS's focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.

The CIS is also involved in examining higher education and offers alternatives to the current Australian model.

Publications

  1. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

  2. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  3. School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

  4. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  5. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Nice plan to toughen teacher degree

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    No matter the question in education, the answer more often than not is better teacher education. Unfortunately, the quality ... Read More

  2. Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    As the cost of childcare to the Australian family and taxpayer has ballooned over recent years, it’s imperative to examine ... Read More

  3. Comment: Review is reverse of ‘back to basics’

    Jennifer Buckingham | 16 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    The term ‘back to basics’ fundamentally misrepresents the nature of the report’s proposed changes to the Australian ... Read More

  4. Comment: ANU divestment: it’s not ‘the economy, stupid’

    Simon Cowan | 16 Oct 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The response to the Australian National University’s decision to divest itself of holdings in certain fossil fuel companies ... Read More

  5. Comment: First, become a good reader

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Oct 2014 | The Australian

    Hundreds of thousands of children struggle with reading at even the most basic level, even after spending years at school.  ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. What to give a child who can't read?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Dec 2014

    Many of the programs dreamt up by the two major political parties would be difficult to justify for inclusion in a school ...

  2. Courage is needed right now to fix childcare

    Trisha Jha | 07 Nov 2014

    What cannot be categorically denied is that the burden of the National Quality Framework on providers’ operating costs ...

  3. No organised and synchronised cabal of anti-public education ‘neo-liberal’ ideologues

    Jennifer Buckingham | 31 Oct 2014

    Educators are a diverse set of individuals who for the most part have the best interests of Australia’s children at heart....

  4. Let them divest, but not with taxpayers cake

    Simon Cowan | 17 Oct 2014

    Unless the ANU’s new strategy mentions an exciting new investment in magic beans, if it’s not imposing greater costs ...

  5. Value of economic education

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 17 Oct 2014

    Rather than simplifying advanced subjects for small kids, we’d be better off teaching small kids to read and count properly ...

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