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Featured Publication


Why We Need NAPLAN
Blaise Joseph
13 May 2018 | RR36

The National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a crucial national assessment, but is coming under increasing criticism. There are three major benefits of NAPLAN: Tool to improve schools and teaching. NAPLAN results enable the identification of problems in the school system over…

What’s happened to the University?
Frank Furedi, Marguerite Johnson, Steven Schwartz
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…

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…

Media & Commentary

School funding review makes the grade
Blaise Joseph
13 July 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

After the platitude-heavy and detail-light Gonski 2 report, it was refreshing to read the concisely-written methodical analysis of government school funding policy released last Friday by the National Schooling Resource…

Chaney nails the future of non-government school funding
Blaise Joseph, Jennifer Buckingham
10 July 2018 | The Australian

Another week, another education report. The first report from the National School Resourcing Board chaired by Michael Chaney is not a visionary narrative-shifter. It is a blessedly clear and explicit…

The fight for phonics in early years reading
Jennifer Buckingham
10 July 2018 | ResearchED

There is extensive research on how children learn to read and how best to teach them. One of the most consistent findings from methodologically-sound scientific research is that learning to…

Western civilisation and its discontents
Steven Schwartz
28 June 2018 | Times Higher Education

The age-old dispute over Western civilisation courses has bubbled up again in Australia. It could do more harm than good to cash-strapped humanities courses, writes Steven Schwartz What’s in a name?…

What Gonski 2 got wrong
Blaise Joseph
22 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The sequel is generally worse than the original movie. The same could be said of the ‘Gonski 2’ review into Australian schools. Despite a one-year process, hundreds of submissions, and…