Education

5from5-logoA 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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Publications

Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0: The evidence base for school investments
Blaise Joseph
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.

The Fantasy of Gonski Funding: The ongoing battle over school spending
Blaise Joseph
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…

Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
Jennifer Buckingham, Julie Mavlian
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…

Early Childhood Intervention: Assessing the evidence
Trisha Jha
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

Phonics test for year-one kids offers lots of benefits and no downside
Jennifer Buckingham
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…

NAPLAN not perfect but doesn’t deserve to die
Jennifer Buckingham
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…

South Australia's trial of England's year one phonics check shows why we need it
Jennifer Buckingham
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…

Universities need charters of intellectual freedom
Jeremy Sammut
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…

Doing the math
Jennifer Buckingham
29 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

In the warm-up before ABC’s Q&A a couple of weeks ago, panel members were asked which subject they liked least at school. Almost all nominated maths or chemistry. Few people…