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by Leanne Morgan at 8:46 PM
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'Toxic teacher' warning as debate rages on lifting uni entry marks
October 3, 2012
Catherine Armitage, Rachel Browne

The nation's elite universities warn that Australia is at risk of training a generation of ''toxic teachers'' who will pass their own deficiencies at school on to their students.

The executive director of the Group of Eight research-focused universities, Michael Gallagher, said Australia was ''at risk of producing a cohort of ''toxic teachers''.

''The next generation of teachers is being drawn from this pool'' of people ''who have themselves not been very successful at school,'' he said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/tert...entry-marks-20121002-26xi5.html#ixzz28EPBQobI

What do you think? Should the minimum university entrance requirements be raised for entry into education degrees?
by Leanne Morgan at 12:52 PM
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28 September 2012

Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg: treat primary school teachers like doctors

The Finnish education system is one of the best performing and most equitable in the OECD.

With Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s promise to make Australia one of the best five performing countries for education in the world, what can we learn from the Scandinavians?

One answer might be more simple than we think: elevate teachers to the same social and professional status we hold doctors and other people with whom we trust with vital aspects of our health and well-being.

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by Leanne Morgan at 12:32 PM
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I’ve just come across an AITSL initiative called ‘Teacher Feature’. Their website describes this webpage as below:

Teacher Feature is a web-based platform that allows teachers to upload video snapshots of themselves talking about the things related to their practice that are most important to them. From challenges to ‘A-ha!’ moments, the topics tackled on Teacher Feature currently include: reasons for becoming a teacher, most rewarding moments, how ICT has changed the nature of teaching and the most valuable PD undertaken.

The videos contain people involved with education, showcasing a wide range of voices and providing an opportunity to interact and share, all while adding to the conversation about education in Australia.

The following two clips are in response to the question ‘How has social media influenced your professional practice?’

Please reply to this discussion forum post with a link to your video if you decide to add...
by Leanne Morgan at 10:08 AM
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Education revolution hits hi-tech low point
EXCLUSIVE by Katherine Danks
The Daily Telegraph
September 27, 2012 12:00AM

THOUSANDS of broken laptops are being stockpiled at schools across the state as the federal government's $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution threatens to collapse.

Families are being hit with bills of up to $400 for repairs, which can take up to four weeks to complete.
Photographs obtained by The Daily Telegraph show piles of damaged laptops on a technology support officer's workbench at one Sydney school. The majority are the notorious "red laptops" owned by Year 12 students.
A NSW Department of Education and Communities spokesman said students were issued with temporary replacements if laptops...
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by Leanne Morgan at 9:42 AM
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Last night on Four Corners was a program called 'Growing Up Poor'. Although it is not technically about education, the show raises some disheartening stories about children who grow up in poor families, particularly Claymore (south-west Sydney), and the problematic nature of children caught in a cycle of disadvantage.

This is the blurb from the show:

Growing up poor in modern Australia: this week Four Corners asks children what it's like being poor in the midst of plenty.
We hear from the adult world all the time about what poverty is and how to fix it, but rarely from the children who experience it. Nobody likes to admit they're poor but children from five families allowed Four Corners into their lives to show us the world from their point of view.

To watch: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/09/20/3594298.htm

What did you think of the program? What do you think needs to be done to change the situation?
by Leanne Morgan at 10:52 PM
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The chance of a lifetime to save Indigenous languages
Claire Bowern
Associate Professor at Yale University
18 September 2012, 11.11am AEST

It is not often that the opportunity comes along to make a real difference, but a new report into Indigenous languages in Australia has the potential to do just that.

Our Land, Our Languages has already been likened to the momentous Mabo decision. But where Mabo helped change our legal and cultural understanding of Indigenous land rights, this report highlights the fiction of a monolingual Australia and calls for recognition of Australia’s Indigenous linguistic diversity.

Read more: http://theconversation.edu.au/profiles/claire-bowern-1098

The report makes a number of recommendations. What do you think about the...
by Leanne Morgan at 5:14 PM
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Remote school students fall below par
Tanya Chilcott, Lara Lauth
September 19, 2012
STUDENTS in some remote Queensland indigenous communities have NAPLAN scores less than half the national average.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said that his Government would look to address results posted by the flagship campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.

The Aurukun campus, part of a multimillion-dollar trial, failed to lift any students above the National Minimum Standard in four NAPLANcategories.

Analysis of the school-by-school 2012 NAPLAN results show eight schools in indigenous communities failed to lift students at or above the NMS in at least one test category.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/remote-school-students-fall-below-par/story-fndo4ckr-1226476827808

Obviously, there are issues with using NAPLAN results to make judgements about schools, but what do you think about these results?
by Leanne Morgan at 10:05 PM
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I’ve been a little behind in getting news articles up on the web page due to end of term ‘busy-ness’. I’ll admit that I haven’t listened to the program below, but a quick glance at the transcript indicates that some interesting points were raised. The story was broadcast on ABC’s Lateline on 11th September.

The blurb was as follows:
Europe Correspondent Philip Williams discusses the latest OECD report on education in its member states, in particular what it says about education in Australia.

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: While New South Wales has cut back on spending for schools, the OECD has given Australia a strong rating in its latest education report.

It says Australia ranks high on social mobility, with many children of poorly educated parents going on to get tertiary degrees.

Feel free to add your comments or any additional articles you come across on the OECD Report.
by Leanne Morgan at 8:57 AM
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PARENTS care less about the behaviour of their children in state schools than in the private sector, an education group warns.
The Courier-Mailhas revealed the Federal Government is expected to tackle the problem as part of its Gonski response, with schools forced to engage with parents of badly behaved and underperforming students.

The warning comes after brave high school teacher Paul Cavanagh spoke out in his role as a union representative, warning good students were being held back because of unruly peers in public classrooms, while School Education Minister Peter Garrett acknowledged it was an issue teachers were struggling with.
Charles Alder, founder of new parent-focused website Talking Education, said parental...
by Leanne Morgan at 7:52 PM
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Call to overhaul teacher training
August 29, 2012

THE suite of recommendations arising from the Gonski review of school funding will fail to lift standards unless they are complemented by a transformation in teacher training, the head of one of the nation's leading education institutions has warned.

University of Melbourne dean of education Field Rickards called for the end of the existing system that "recycles" teaching practices from one generation to the next.

He said the recommendations of the Gonski review were a necessary and important step, but not the sole solution to educational disadvantage in the nation.

Professor Rickards said research showed that the biggest factor in lifting student achievement was the quality of the teacher, and better teachers required a paradigm shift in the way education faculties prepared them for the classroom.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...teacher-training/story-fn59niix-1226460270215

The article continues on and talks about...