- 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
08 July 2020 | PP32
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the Australian economy was under-performing its potential and in need of reinvigoration. Economic growth in per capita terms had slowed to a crawl and business investment and productivity growth were depressed. Policy changes that were previously desirable have now been rendered crucial by the pandemic. The shock to the economic system since March has…READ MORE
06 July 2020 | PP31
In response to the economic contraction of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and state governments have dramatically expanded the scope and scale of state involvement in the economy. This massive spike in government spending continues to be funded by increased government borrowing that has put Australia on a path to having about a trillion dollars’ worth of public debt, mostly…READ MORE
10 June 2020 | PP30
The fiscal response to the Covid-19 crisis ensures that the federal and state governments will experience large budget deficits and escalating public debt for the foreseeable future. Federal government debt could for instance conceivably double to over $1 trillion within a few years in the absence of substantial budget repair. Many economic questions arise about Australia’s policy response to the…READ MORE
28 May 2020 | PP29
The strength of Australia’s government finances is an important dimension of economic performance as it helps set the foundations for the delivery of public services, the flexibility governments need to respond to unexpected events and a stable fiscal environment for private sector investment. This strength is being severely tested by the fiscal consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. States and territories…READ MORE
24 May 2020 | PP28
The decision by state and territory governments to strongly advise parents to keep their children at home and essentially close schools went against the health, economic, and educational evidence. There was little health benefit, while there were substantial economic and educational costs. Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, New South Wales, and Queensland are in a group with the longest government school…READ MORE