Issue Analysis

Publications

Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy
Jennifer Buckingham, Justine Ferrari, Tom Alegounarias
18 February 2014 | IA144

Many thousands of Australian students have very low levels of literacy after spending four or more years at school. The Spring 2014 issue of the CIS journal Policy contained an article called ‘Why Jaydon Can’t…

Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards
Benjamin Herscovitch
19 February 2013 | IA137

Australia’s Asian embrace: Australia’s exports to Asia are almost triple its exports to the rest of the world, and 7 out of Australia’s top 10 trading partners are in Asia. Exporting to Asia’s burgeoning middle-classes:…

Keeping PISA in Perspective: Why Australian Education Policy Should Not Be Driven by International Test Results
Jennifer Buckingham
18 December 2012 | IA136

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) are driving education policy in Australia. The implication of analyses of international assessments that compare school systems is…

Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem
Benjamin Herscovitch
05 September 2012 | IA133

New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately 2 billion English speakers globally, while English is spoken by about 800 million people in Asia…

Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations
28 March 2012 | IA131

The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities, children in jobless families, and Indigenous people living in remote communities – is to turn our culture…