• The catfish curriculum

    Michael Kingston     |      August 3, 2022

    Instead of a ‘catfish curriculum’ which looks fantastic on paper but disappoints in reality, Australian schools need a curriculum that builds on the strengths of the teaching workforce and empowers young people in every part of the country.

  • Whatever happened to the humanities?

    Simon During     |      July 17, 2022

    The cultural Marxism pervading academia and the uselessness of humanities degrees on the job market have undermined the standing of the liberal arts, so can they be revived?

  • Equity, hard work and kindness for our schools

    Lucas Walsh     |      July 17, 2022

    Schools across Australia are managing a shortage of teachers, but this is not the only problem facing the new Labor education secretary.

  • A big state boost for early childhood education

    Wendy Boyd     |      June 22, 2022

    Whatever the political calculations behind the major investments in early childhood education announced by NSW and Victoria, it’s welcome news for parents, teachers and children.

  • Easing stress for teachers in schools

    Caroline Mansfield     |      June 6, 2022

    If our children in high school can feel stressed and over-worked, then so can their teachers, but there are ways to reduce the burdens they face and release more of their energy for actual teaching.

  • The distributed university

    Richard Heller     |      February 25, 2022

    While much of the university experience lies in the social aspect of leaving home and interacting with your peers, tertiary education facilities will increasingly move online to boost student numbers while reducing costs.

  • Youth sport builds better citizens

    Vaughan Cruickshank     |      February 24, 2022

    While professional sport is often a cesspit of greed and cheating, encouraging children to play sport at school can develop their social values and empathy for others as well as keep them fit and happy.

  • Interdisciplinary nonsense

    Paul Griffiths     |      February 18, 2022

    Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary are all too common buzzwords, but talk of “breaking down the barriers” between traditional subjects in the nation’s universities isn’t always a good thing.

  • Healthy minds need healthy bodies

    Open Forum     |      February 14, 2022

    As students resume school and summer sport, new research from the University of Sydney shows a positive link between participation in sport and academic performance, with the strongest association when sport is held during school hours.

  • COVID highlights early education issues

    Marg Rogers     |      January 16, 2022

    COVID has exacerbated existing strains and problems in Australia’s childcare sector, so we need to stop talking about ideas to change it and take action towards total reform.

  • Lessons for children from 2021

    Open Forum     |      January 1, 2022

    Three educational experts from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education review another year of disrupted education and what we’ll need to do next to ensure children don’t suffer long term impacts from school closures due to COVID 19.

  • Top teaching tips in two minutes

    Merlin Crossley     |      December 20, 2021

    A new online resource to guide and inspire university teachers is helping to build an academic community that recognises good teaching practice.