A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS’s focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.
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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…READ MORE
14 October 2017 | RR31
Schools should invest in evidence-based, cost-effective policies to improve literacy and numeracy results. Early literacy and numeracy, giving teachers fewer classes, and classroom management training are three evidence-based, cost-effective investments. Reducing class sizes and more education technology are not supported by the evidence.
Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee Inquiry into The Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017
24 May 2017 | CIS Submission
30 April 2017 | RR26
The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’ The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding options which should…
24 November 2016 | RR22
A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children who do not achieve minimum…
20 September 2016 | Research Report 19
Early childhood interventions are programs that aim to improve a child’s development trajectory over the longer term. In the context of increasing disadvantage in welfare-dependent communities in Australia, governments spend considerable sums on these programs. The rationale is that investment, in theory, will reduce the…
Media & Commentary
22 April 2018 | The Australian Financial Review
Many people in education circles are keen for the impending Gonski 2.0 report. But their eagerness was far outweighed by educators’ fervour to see the results of South Australia’s trial of…
13 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
Nary a week goes by without NAPLAN being in the news. Everyone has an opinion on the national literacy and numeracy tests — the most recent being aired by retired…
10 April 2018 | The Conversation
The proposal to introduce a phonics check — employed in schools in England towards the end of year one — into Australian schools has created considerable controversy. It has been said it would…
29 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
The latest politically correct madness at the University of Sydney — gender, race, sexuality, and class background quotas at the nation’s oldest debating club — is another demonstration of the…