- 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 be used to improve student achievement.
- Many of the Review’s recommendations are overly general and do not offer useful guidance for systems, educators or schools.
- The evidence bases for significant and wide-reaching recommendations such as emphasising general capabilities, developing learning progressions, implementing an online assessment tool to measure individual learning, instilling ‘growth mindset’, and establishing an education evidence institute are not strong. The potential risks in each of these areas are not adequately discussed by the Review.
What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
17 June 2018 | PP6
05 March 2019 | PP18
Australia’s capital gains tax (CGT) policy has been largely settled for almost 20 years. However, it has come under renewed scrutiny as a result of the Australian Labor Party’s federal election platform proposal to halve the 50% CGT discount and thereby effectively increase the tax by 50%. If the objective of reforming the CGT is to do no more than…READ MORE
19 February 2019 | PP17
The question, whether our civilisation has a future, will sound preposterous to many. Has Western civilisation not overcome many a crisis in its thousand-year history? Has it not — in its modern incarnation of individual freedom, the capitalist market economy and democratic control of government predation — flourished since 1945? Has the West not reached unheard-of levels of longevity, material…READ MORE
12 February 2019 | PP16
Under Australia’s dividend imputation system of taxation, since 2000 taxpayers whose franking credits exceed their tax liability have been paid a cash refund of the excess. The Labor opposition’s policy is to continue with the imputation system but to abolish cash refunds of excess franking credits, subject to a carve-out for some age pensioners. This has aroused a storm of…READ MORE
07 February 2019 | PP15
Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for students in Year 1 who are having difficulty learning to read. It is widely used in Australia, the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, France and Denmark. It is endorsed by many leading educators and teacher professional organisations. Yet numerous studies of Reading Recovery have provided no sound evidence that it has sustained positive…READ MORE
06 February 2019 | PP14
Socialism brings poverty and oppression. The ignorance of so many as to why only a market economy is capable of bringing prosperity and political freedom is a major problem. Too many believe a socialist utopia can be achieved if only the right people took the right actions. In reality, a socialist economy can never provide prosperity and never has. The…READ MORE