Can we move beyond Gonski and the paradigm imposed by the state and the teacher union bosses?
Since especially the early 1980s, government literacy curricula throughout Australia have been oriented towards actually eradicating correct spelling from the testing and teaching of basic English at all levels
Is there anything we can learn from the top-performing countries or economies? Absolutely, so long as we understand the complete picture in terms of the approaches taken.
The single best thing we could do to raise our international standing in international assessments such as PISA would be to address why such a prosperous society as ours has such a high percentage of students in the lower categories.
Keep the best from Gonski but simplify the school funding model for the benefit of all students.
Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne is correct in saying that the Gonski scheme is a mess, but culpably wrong to use that fact to ditch the whole idea.
Teachers and schools complain of excessive red tape and micromanagement – you can expect this command and control model to get a lot worse if the Rudd model is implemented.
There is a lot more to the decline in Australian education standards than differences in funding.
The belief that socio-economic status determines educational outcomes is wrong and holds working class kids back.
Australian schools need a new funding model that is less complex and more transparent.
Five areas of concern are the proposition 'the present model is not broken', standardised testing, school leadership, effective learning and teaching and the curriculum, especially history.
This means that the inquiry could simply be a whitewash, given that the reasons for the dismissal of allegations could not be challenged under appeal - a basic tenet of procedural fairness.