One of Australia’s most pressing public-policy challenges is to overcome poor education outcomes suffered by Indigenous students. Although much of the education establishment has failed to lift education standards and practices, Noel Pearson has shown a sound path forward. Noel and Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge had a conversation on how more majority Indigenous schools across Australia can overcome the educational odds. The Centre for Independent Studies is committed to advancing research that promotes policy and practice to help counter educational disadvantages faced by Indigenous students; especially those in remote communities.
Noel Pearson has spent decades advancing reform on native title, economic development, and social policy. He is Director of Strategy of Cape York Partnership and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia. Noel has been a forceful proponent of education reform and works in partnership with governments and businesses to advance education opportunities for Australian children.
Alan Tudge MP is the Federal Member for Aston and Minister for Education and Youth. He has been involved with multiple community organisations, including being one of the co-founders of “Teach for Australia”, a national non-profit which targets top graduates from non-teacher faculties and fast-tracks them into teaching in disadvantaged schools.
Glenn Fahey is a Research Fellow in Education Policy, specialising in education finance and accountability, and formerly held both policy and research-intensive positions at the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. He is the author of several upcoming CIS publications advancing policy to address Indigenous educational disadvantage.