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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…

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…

Media & Commentary

Curriculum a juggling act in the classroom
Jennifer Buckingham
18 November 2018 | The Herald

By far the educational issue that gets most public and political attention is funding for schools — which schools are getting more or less than other schools, whether we spend…

Education inequity isn’t just about money
Blaise Joseph
16 November 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE

Opponents of non-government schools often claim Australia’s school system is grossly inequitable. But this is not true. Multiple international OECD reports have concluded the same thing: Australia has lower inequity…

CIS: Uni review a win for free speech on campus
Jeremy Sammut
14 November 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE

The review of freedom of speech at universities announced by the federal government is a timely initiative to ensure the rights and freedoms of all Australians are protected on Australian…

Curriculum reform must be based on evidence, not fads
Jennifer Buckingham
04 November 2018 | The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW school curriculum review is no trivial matter, and will have serious consequences for the state’s students. The importance of the curriculum – what students are expected to know…

Sydney Uni's theatre of the absurd
Tom Switzer

For generations, the university has been a place designed as a crucible of debate and discussion. That means allowing free-thinking and the exchange of ideas in order to acquire knowledge…

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