- Trevor Cobbold has published a wonderful essay by Henry Grossek, about the impact of testing and labelling young people. Trevor also shows how Tax concessions for the wealthy deny adequate funding for disadvantaged students
- 'Peer pressures' Inside Story, March 15. Tom Greenwell reports on the way new PISA evidence confirms the strong link between SES and student performance.
- Interesting Fairfax report on Julia Gillard's view - eight years on - that My School and NAPLAN changed perceptions of schools.
- 'Should wealthy private schools and hospitals have charity status in Australia?' Matthew Harding opens an long-sealed can of worms in The Conversation, March 15.
- 'Socioeconomic disadvantage puts students three years behind, report finds' Guardian March 15. The best of various reports on recent PISA and TIMSS reports. 'Education disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia - we can't just carry on the same' Laura Perry follows in The Conversation with a telling commentary.
- 'Private schools are losing their magnetic pull' Ross Gittins in the SMH, March 14.
- The SMH (March 9) reports on selective schools as the bastions of inequality.... reporting on Christins Ho's work. The SMH (March 5) also reports on Aurora College, the online selective school in NSW. See comment below, as well as my contribution in Pearls and Irritations.
- Ross Gittins has given us the essence of his ACE speech in 'The sad truth about education: it's easier to blame someone else than fix the problem' SMH March 1
- 'The way we teach our children is truly crazy' Elizabeth Farrelly in the SMH. Ouch! But more people are saying this and we must listen.
- 'Catholic church looks at charging its schools rent, as payments mount to victims of child sexual abuse' SMH Feb 25. All other things aside, this looks like a can of worms!
- 'Gonski funding under threat despite positive outcomes' Jane Caro tells the stories about school success. The Saturday Paper Feb 25.
- Building off Ken Boston's Brisbane speech is 'The four great myths of Gonski - why Christopher Pyne was right' from Ross Gittins in the SMH Feb 25. Full text available here.
- 'On a path to nowhere': Gonski architect Ken Boston slams school funding failure' SMH Feb 14. Boston's speech to the T.J.Ryan Foundation is now available.
- 'Have we lost sight of the promise of public schools?' Nicole Hannah-Jones in the NYT, Feb 21.
- Two significant contributions from Trevor Cobbold. In 'What's behind Australia's tottering PISA results' he looks well behind the headlines and superficial responses. Trevor also examines the resources gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged schools.
- Is there a crisis in public education? First in a series by Jessics Gerrard in The Convo.
- US schools have been under seige since the 1980s. The latest answer to the critics is 'Deconstructing the myth of American public schooling inefficiency'
- 'Increasingly alarmed': Private and Catholic schools demand the government reveal school funding plans' SMH Feb 11.
- 'School choice: How parents select high schools — a look at Australia' This interesting research which focuses on Melbourne, is reported on in a US publication. It can also be downloaded.
- The media variously reports on the Grattan Institute findings on disengagement amonst school students, including misgivings from many high profile educators.
- 'Educating Australia - why our schools aren't improving' ABC online. Tom Bentley and Glenn Savage - an introduction to their new book.
- 'Public schools increase share of enrolments' SMH Feb 3.
- Our latest revelation from My School data is The vanishing private school which was reported in The Guardian on January 30, along with our opinion piece on the same issue.
- Schools in Australia and New Zealand set off in opposite directions in the 1970s. In Inside Story Tom Greenwell looks at where they have ended up. His timely article sits neatly alongside, and sets a context for, our findings on funding private schools in Australia. I've added my comment in an article, A trans-Tasman story out of school, on Pearls and Irritations.
- I'd like to start the new school year the way I ended the old, by again deflating the collective ego displayed by some schools - this time not with statistics but with this little tale told by an un-named friend. Enjoy!
- The SMH reports on selective schools and the tutoring industry, Jan 27....as does News.com.au on January 31.
- 'Simon Birmingham wilfully ignores the evidence about school funding and outcomes' Trevor Cobbold's op-ed in The Guardian, Jan 24....and backed up by his latest SOS policy brief.
- The usual January reports on the hike in private school fees in the SMH ((Jan 17). Geoff Newcombe says "The comparatively low levels of per student funding for students in independent schools is a major saving for the taxpayer". See our Edu-fact check and graph on this page.
- Quiet so far in the new year - apart from Kevin Donnelly who has contributed a few bits to News Limited rags....which I don't read unless I fly somewhere. But Kelsey Munro has written a thoughtful piece in the SMH (Jan 7) on Gonski possibilities for 2017.
We'll include links from time to time. Do keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling and his site has excellent links to other sites.
September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story
June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.
March 2016: School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.
February 2016: ...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies.
July 16th 2015: 'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH
Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.
The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.
School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.
Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.