- '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.
- '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.
- And again: 'Sydney divided by education latte line' SMH Dec 24. Another useful report by the SMH, but one let down by sloppy assertions about some allegedly exceptional schools (see edu-comment and notes on the graph below). See also my 'Schools punching above their weight - or just punching each other?' in Pearls and Irritations.
- The SMH reports on HSC results. Don't rush...you read about it last year, 2014, 2013 etc. BUT Inga Ting's graphics are new and worth a scrutiny, especially her positioning of schools against a socio-educational advantage line. The SMH also shows schools that went up and down in STEM courses.
- James Robertson in the SMH says 'Mike Biard should spend his $4billion war chest on education, not more roads.'
- Guardian Australia (Dec 15) reports 'Coalition accused of shuffling the deckchairs as states demand full Gonski funding' Adrian Piccoli fired the first shot in the SMH. Bernie and I take the longer and deeper view in our piece in the Guardian and similar in Pearls and Irritations.
- Some more considered reports on TIMSS, PISA, NAPLSAN and everything else, from Riddle and Lingard in The Guardian, from Joel Windle in The Guardian, from Catherine Hanrahan ABC
- 'Betsy DeVos and God's plan for schools' Katherine Stewart in the NYT.... Spooky!
- Long report in The Oz (Dec 10) about segregated schools.
- Good PISA report from Kelsey Munro (Fairfax) and a longer one from her on Dec 10. The source for most reports is 'PISA 2015: a first look at Australia's results', written by Sue Thomson et al.
- PISA 2015 results are out and the story isn't pretty. Good reports in the SMH, the Guardian and the ABC. The reports include some revealing graphs and the focus is on our continuing relative decline. Responses from all sides follow the usual script. Yawn! More to come.
- Of course, Australia isn't the only place in PISA panic. Read 'What America can learn about smart schools in other countries' Amanda Ripley in the NYT, Dec 6.
- BUT before anyone should get too excited about PISA it is sobering to read the open letter to Andreas Schleicher signed by a swag of academics.
- AND we could always do better, like the South Koreans. Or maybe not: have a read about how 'South Korea's obsession with top marks is costing its youth' ABC Dec 28. I've visited cram schools in Japan at 9pm at might. It isn't pretty!
- 'Tanya Plibersek says no case for cuts to 'over-funded' private schools' Fairfax December 4. While Birmingham might be seeking a way out (?) it looks like the ALP is painting itself into a corner...yet again. Ross Gittins has a snarl at her at the end of his welcome piece: 'Education efficiency should start with Grattan compromise' Fairfax Dec 5. My comment can be found in John Menadue's Pearls and Irritations.
- 'Poor Australia education ranking prompts soul-searching' BBC News Dec 2. Sydney University's Rachel Wilson covers all the bases in her comments on TIMSS results.
We'll include links from time to time. We recommend that you keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling.
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.