Blaise Joseph

Research Fellow

Blaise Joseph

Blaise is an Research Fellow in education and a former secondary school teacher. He has written research papers on school funding, evidence-based education policy, and national testing in Australia.

He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, with a Co-op Scholarship, and a Master of Teaching from the University of New South Wales. He has had experience working in both government departments and the private sector. Blaise has a strong interest in education and enjoys debating the political issues of the day.


Featured Publication

  • What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong 17 June 2018 | PP6
    The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should…...
    The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should…
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Media & Commentary

  • Enquiry-based learning isn’t evidence-based 01 February 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    You have to wonder how many times something has to be tried before people stop calling it ‘innovative’ and ‘new’. Especially when it has fallen short of expectations as often as enquiry-based learning. Decades of research has shown the student-centred…
    You have to wonder how many times something has to be tried before people stop calling it ‘innovative’ and ‘new’. Especially when it has fallen short of expectations as often as enquiry-based learning. Decades of research has shown the student-centred…
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  • Education inequity isn’t just about money 16 November 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
    Opponents of non-government schools often claim Australia’s school system is grossly inequitable. But this is not true. Multiple international OECD reports have concluded the same thing: Australia has lower inequity than the OECD average. That is, student socio-economic status has…
    Opponents of non-government schools often claim Australia’s school system is grossly inequitable. But this is not true. Multiple international OECD reports have concluded the same thing: Australia has lower inequity than the OECD average. That is, student socio-economic status has…
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  • Foreign threats to free speech at unis 26 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The growing concern about academic freedom and free speech on university campuses typically relates to illiberal student activists shutting down debate. But there is potentially a more subtle threat to free speech in higher education coming from foreign governments, especially…
    The growing concern about academic freedom and free speech on university campuses typically relates to illiberal student activists shutting down debate. But there is potentially a more subtle threat to free speech in higher education coming from foreign governments, especially…
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  • It’s official: Australia spends more than enough on schools 21 September 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The education debate at the next federal election is shaping up to be about the magnitude of future school funding increases: the Coalition want a big increase, Labor want an even bigger increase, and neither provide any evidence that it’s…
    The education debate at the next federal election is shaping up to be about the magnitude of future school funding increases: the Coalition want a big increase, Labor want an even bigger increase, and neither provide any evidence that it’s…
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  • Extra $4.6 billion for schools a bad deal for taxpayers 20 September 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    The Morrison government’s announcement today of an extra $4.6 billion for non-government schools over the next 10 years is a bad deal for taxpayers, says Centre for Independent Studies education policy analyst Blaise Joseph. Mr Joseph said the additional money…
    The Morrison government’s announcement today of an extra $4.6 billion for non-government schools over the next 10 years is a bad deal for taxpayers, says Centre for Independent Studies education policy analyst Blaise Joseph. Mr Joseph said the additional money…
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Publications

  • Why We Need NAPLAN 13 May 2018 | RR36
    The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over time, and are a means…...
    The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over time, and are a means…
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  • Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0: The evidence base for school investments 14 October 2017 | RR31
    Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence....
    Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence.
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  • The Fantasy of Gonski Funding: The ongoing battle over school spending 30 April 2017 | RR26
    The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should be considered instead.
    The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’  The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should be considered instead.
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