Steven Schwartz

Senior Fellow

Steven Schwartz

Expertise: Higher Education, Freedom of speech

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, FASSA is a Senior Fellow at the CIS. He writes mainly about education, freedom of speech and related issues. Steven has served as Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney, Brunel University in London and Murdoch University in Perth. He recently completed his term as Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Advisory Authority (ACARA). He is also a Board member of Teach for Australia and an Honorary Fellow a the University of Melbourne.


Featured Publication

  • Have We All Gone Mad? The Snowflake Epidemic 22 November 2018 | OP168
    University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Once bastions of intellectual rigour and freedom of thought, universities have become closed-minded and self-censoring, pandering to…...
    University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Once bastions of intellectual rigour and freedom of thought, universities have become closed-minded and self-censoring, pandering to…
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Media & Commentary

  • Five ways unis can advance free expression 29 September 2018 | The Australian
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm. At a 1943 symposium, Univer­sity of Sydney professor of philosophy John Anderson spoke out against…
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear, George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm. At a 1943 symposium, Univer­sity of Sydney professor of philosophy John Anderson spoke out against…
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  • NAPLAN under attack because it exposes the truth 29 August 2018 | The Age
    The latest skirmish in the never-ending war against NAPLAN is being fought on the grounds of “comparability”. According to American consultants commissioned by the NSW Teachers’ Federation, this year’s NAPLAN results “should be discarded” because around 20 per cent of…
    The latest skirmish in the never-ending war against NAPLAN is being fought on the grounds of “comparability”. According to American consultants commissioned by the NSW Teachers’ Federation, this year’s NAPLAN results “should be discarded” because around 20 per cent of…
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  • Western civilisation and its discontents 28 June 2018 | Times Higher Education
    The age-old dispute over Western civilisation courses has bubbled up again in Australia. It could do more harm than good to cash-strapped humanities courses, writes Steven Schwartz What’s in a name? Among the reasons offered by the leaders of the Australian National…
    The age-old dispute over Western civilisation courses has bubbled up again in Australia. It could do more harm than good to cash-strapped humanities courses, writes Steven Schwartz What’s in a name? Among the reasons offered by the leaders of the Australian National…
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  • The NAPLAN nervous ninnies 08 March 2018 | THE SPECTATOR: FLAT WHITE
    NAPLAN results are out and high gain schools are receiving their just recognition. Yet, critics are calling for a review of NAPLAN because results have not improved as much as we would like. Criticising NAPLAN for poor literacy and numeracy…
    NAPLAN results are out and high gain schools are receiving their just recognition. Yet, critics are calling for a review of NAPLAN because results have not improved as much as we would like. Criticising NAPLAN for poor literacy and numeracy…
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  • Australia needs a Poet Laureate 28 February 2018 | Quadrant
    Oxford-educated and possessed of considerable charm, Michael Massey Robinson was a rogue and a scoundrel. Convicted of extortion in London, he was sentenced to death in 1796. Luckily for him, convicts with his education were desperately needed in Britain’s antipodean…
    Oxford-educated and possessed of considerable charm, Michael Massey Robinson was a rogue and a scoundrel. Convicted of extortion in London, he was sentenced to death in 1796. Luckily for him, convicts with his education were desperately needed in Britain’s antipodean…
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Publications

  • What’s happened to the University? 05 February 2018 | OP163
    Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing the exchange of ideas? “The radical transformation that universities are…...
    Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Who decided to bestow guardian status to Australian universities? And why should we let this proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or outright banning texts, gagging speech and curbing the exchange of ideas? “The radical transformation that universities are…
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  • Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
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