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Featured Publication


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…

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…

Media & Commentary

Plenty to envy as Ramsay's millions finally find a home
Steven Schwartz
18 December 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald

Some universities may be regretting their intransigence at hearing 150 lucky University of Wollongong students will be awarded generous scholarships to study a broad smorgasbord of seminal books, musical works,…

The HSC is under threat but we need its data to ensure education standards don’t drop
Jennifer Buckingham
18 December 2018 | The Daily Telegraph

The Higher School Certificate has long been considered the jewel in the crown of the NSW education system. It is viewed internationally as a rigorous measure of student achievement, comprising…

Teaching universities freedom of speech 101
Jeremy Sammut
07 December 2018 | The Daily Telegraph

One of the greatest threats to free speech in Australian universities is that those in charge of higher education refuse to admit the free speech problems that stare them in…

What is a true education?
Jennifer Buckingham
30 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

A university student reflecting on her education recently published a disparaging critique. She condemned an “antiquated” model of education for rewarding her for learning maths and science instead of things…

Fact Check: "Victoria has the lowest funding rate for public schools for any state in Australia.”
Jennifer Buckingham
23 November 2018 | THE CONVERSATION

True Victoria has had the lowest per capita government funding for public schools in Australia for at least a decade, due to relatively low levels of state government funding compared…