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Featured Publication


Have We All Gone Mad? The Snowflake Epidemic
Steven Schwartz, Lindsay Shepherd, Claire Lehmann, Tiffany Jenkins
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 what appear from the outside…

Conflict vs Mistake: Academic cultures and explanatory conflict
Claire Lehmann
11 September 2018 | OP167

The 2018 Helen Hughes Lecture explains why and how universities are fuelling the corrosive identity politics phenomena that is sweeping western countries. With a mix of erudition and common sense, Claire Lehmann — the founder and editor-in-chief of renowned online magazine Quillette — unpacks complicated…

Why childcare is not affordable
Eugenie Joseph
29 August 2018 | RR37

Childcare fees and out-of-pocket costs in Australia have been growing above inflation in recent years, at the same time that more parents are using formalised childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Childcare has been subject to growing and evolving regulation for many years,…

What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong
Jennifer Buckingham, Blaise Joseph
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 be used to improve student…

Media & Commentary

How disadvantaged schools can be top performers
Blaise Joseph
22 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

In the lead up to the NSW and federal elections, education policy has degenerated into a bidding war between the major parties, as they both promise more and more taxpayer…

How disadvantaged schools can be top performers
Blaise Joseph
21 March 2019 | The Educator

We can improve outcomes for our most disadvantaged students, if evidence-based school practices are adopted. Across the world, students from disadvantaged social backgrounds perform worse academically than more advantaged students…

Discipline always the key to excellence at school
Blaise Joseph
20 March 2019 | The Australian

Principals map the paths for their schools. And when it comes to disadvantaged schools, they are a key factor that leads to top performances, as revelealed by research conducted by…

New CIS research: How disadvantaged schools have become top performers
Blaise Joseph
15 March 2019 | MEDIA RELEASE

Ground-breaking new research from The Centre for Independent Studies has identified the common policies and practices leading to success in disadvantaged primary schools.  In Overcoming the Odds: A study of Australia’s…

Duck and cover once more
James Wynne
15 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

At this time of year, universities across Australia welcoming a new crop of impressionable young students, who enter educational facilities that increasingly resemble Soviet-style indoctrination camps. Given the intellectual straightjacket…