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by Leanne Morgan at 11:02 AM
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I've just come across the following audio from a Radio National program on Thursday, 2nd August which discusses the teaching of Australian History, including the way it is covered in the Australian Curriculum.

How do we make Australian history fire in the classroom? Two historians discuss the current state of history teaching and the approach in the new national curriculum.

The second part of the program talks about quality teachers and their significance. It also talks about the issue of performance pay. The link is here.

Feel free to share your thoughts on either sections of the program.
by Leanne Morgan at 9:44 PM
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Mass exodus of the educators
August 6, 2012
Dan Haesler
Just one in 10 teachers in the NSW public school system leave the job in their first five years, according to NSW government budget figures released in June. If this is to be believed, then those running education systems around the world should be beating a path to Macquarie Street to find out how the government is so successful at retaining teachers.

The problem is it doesn't provide an accurate picture of reality.
That's according to a researcher from Monash University, Dr Philip Riley, who says, ''Young teachers leave but keep up their registration as a kind of insurance policy. So if they are counting registrations, the picture looks much healthier.''

Riley is conducting a five-year study into the attrition rate of early career teachers. ''My research shows that 40 to 50 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years in the job,'' he says.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/educ...e-educators-20120805-23no4.html#ixzz2333WFjml

by Leanne Morgan at 9:14 PM
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The article below discusses the benefits of values-based education, which embraces qualities such as respect, courage, honesty, compassion and integrity among a school community, and is underpinned by high expectations.

Schools revive 'touchy-feely' approach
A growing number of schools are seeing the benefits of adopting 'values-based' learning in a fightback against the current competitive culture in education
Dorothy Lepkowska
guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 August 2012

The pupils file in quietly class by class, the school hall lit from the front with five candles on a table. Soft music plays in the background and images of the pupils taken at various times of the year appear as a slideshow. It is the last assembly of the academic year at Tower Hill primary in Witney, Oxfordshire, and an opportunity for staff and children to reflect on the last 12 months.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/aug/06/rise-values-based-learning-schools

I don't know a lot about values-based education. Does anyone have any thoughts on...
by Leanne Morgan at 7:35 PM
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Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett says teachers do not have to be smart
July 31, 2012

TEACHERS don't need to be smart or gifted as long as they are passionate, federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett says.

Mr Garrett was responding today to plans by the NSW government to consider ways of lifting professional standards and make it easier to fire underperforming teachers.

He said he didn't think the teaching profession needed to be more selective.

"It is not necessarily a fact that someone who is academically smart makes a better teacher than someone who isn't,'' Mr Garrett told reporters in Canberra.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...have-to-be-smart/story-fndo20i0-1226439690536

What do you think about Peter Garrett's points? Should the selection criteria be tightened for entry to university teaching degrees? Is academic ability important when selecting entrants to university degrees?
by Leanne Morgan at 8:08 PM
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Independent schools deliver what parents pay for, a Courier-Mail survey has established
By Tanya Chilcott and Andrew Davies
July 30, 2012

THEY are some of the state's most expensive schools, but academic results show parents are getting what they pay for.

Analysis undertaken by The Courier-Mail shows Independent schools have consistently produced the highest OP1-15 student percentages in Queensland over the past five years, with girls' schools also doing particularly well.
But it is the all-boys' Brisbane Grammar School that has proven its academic superiority by topping the bracket among schools with more than 30 OP-eligible students, with 94.2 per cent of its OP-eligible Year 12s receiving an OP1-15 on average between 2007 and 2011.

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by Leanne Morgan at 10:16 AM
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This article is basically an advertisement for a new book called 'What Makes a Good School' by Jane Caro and Chris Bonner. I thought that members might be interested in the book or find the article to be of some interest. Feel free to share your comments.

Finding a formula for good schools
July 23, 2012
Chris Bonnor
MOST people spend about 2500 days of their life in school, time enough to develop an opinion about what was good and bad about their experience.
We all know someone who is more than happy to share their stories and subsequent expertise in all things educational; teachers often complain that, almost alone among professionals, they are sitting targets for unsolicited advice on how to do their job.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/e...ood-schools-20120720-22f4v.html#ixzz21xxCXkHW
by Leanne Morgan at 9:17 PM
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This link connects to an ABC National radio program which was broadcast on Thursday, 7th June. The program summary is as follows:

One teacher in front of a large class of students, all about the same age and all working on the same task. This is the model of schooling that we’ve inherited from the nineteenth century but with new technology do schools need to be organized this way? Are virtual classrooms and individual learning programs the school of the future.

I found it quite interesting. Feel free to share your thoughts.
by Leanne Morgan at 9:31 PM
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Millions slashed from education department
July 19, 2012 - 5:48PM
Daniel Hurst - brisbanetimes.com.au state political reporter
Almost $23 million in cuts are to be made to spending by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, and the state government has warned there is more to come.

Minister John-Paul Langbroek said today he had submitted $22.8 million in savings from his portfolio by reducing expenditure on Parent Awareness Strategies, cutting advertising and reducing research and policy programs.

He also confirmed Fanfare, a biennial music festival for Queensland state school bands and orchestras, would be axed after this year.

But Mr Langbroek said the $88,000 Fanfare program was ending “as part of the Newman government's plan to get Queensland's budget back on track and keep the LNP's promise to protect frontline services”.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/que...-department-20120719-22cfx.html#ixzz214DJVAUo

This article appeared on the Brisbane Times web page....
by Leanne Morgan at 7:28 PM
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Focus education reform on teacher quality: Pyne
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 16/07/2012
Reporter: Steve Cannane

Opposition Education spokesman Christopher Pyne says teacher training and quality is more important than reduced class sizes or increasing teacher salaries.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3547117.htm

What do you think about the arguments being made by Pyne? Are there points that you agree with and those that you disagree with?
by Leanne Morgan at 7:59 PM
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Time to scrap the OP score in favour of national rating system, say Queensland educators
by Robyn Ironside
July 09, 2012
EDUCATORS say the move to a national curriculum means now is a good time to scrap what they describe as an outdated way to rank Queensland's high school students - the Overall Position score or OP.

Introduced in 1992 in place of the Tertiary Entrance (TE) score, the OP shows how well a student has performed in their senior secondary studies on a scale of one to 25, compared with all other OP-eligible students.

But its relevance is now being questioned, with the proportion of OP-eligible students plunging to 55.8 per cent last year, down from 81.7 per cent when it was first introduced.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/op-assessment-faces-axe/story-e6freoof-1226422038675

What do you think about the arguments being made about removing the OP score in Queensland? Do you agree or...