• Opening pre-school to all children

    Jennifer Jackson     |      June 5, 2019

    Fewer than a quarter of young children from low-income families used preschool or childcare services in 2017. Here’s how the government can create an effective, affordable early childhood sector for Australia.

  • Beating bullying in schools

    Karyn Healy     |      June 3, 2019

    Schools are taking the problem of bullying more seriously than before, but not every school’s anti-bullying program works – some may actually make bullying worse. Evaluating their relative effectiveness is vital to keep our children safe and happy.

  • Why regional universities are at risk of going under

    Geoff Hanmer     |      June 2, 2019

    Many university buildings date from the 1960s and 1970s and the government isn’t providing funds to maintain them. While capital city universities can use income from foreign students to maintain their buildings, their regional cousins are struggling. 

  • The future of vocational training

    Pi-Shen Seet     |      May 31, 2019

    The VET sector is struggling to keep up with the rapid changes in industry, but while the government keeps talking about revamping vocational training, is it actually making any progress?

  • International students could soon outnumber domestic students at Melbourne University

    Jerry Zheng     |      May 30, 2019

    The Australian university sector is increasingly reliant on funding from international students, and domestic students may be outnumbered at Melbourne University next year.

  • Let them play!

    Brendon Hyndman     |      May 29, 2019

    Children need to play and discover the world for themselves without too much restriction. Here are some ways we can enhance children’s opportunities to do this.

  • A chance to even the odds

    Megan O’Connell     |      May 24, 2019

    A child’s destiny is heavily influenced by the lottery of socio-economic status and where they happen to grow up, but access to quality early learning can help even the odds for all Australian children.

  • Early childhood education is everybody’s business

    Tricia Eadie     |      May 22, 2019

    The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health. It is therefore critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education.

  • The fight to stamp out student cheating

    Phillip Dawson     |      May 6, 2019

    A host of online essay mills openly advertise their services to help students cheat on their assignments. Stamping out such scams and protecting academic integrity and honest students won’t be easy, but it must be done.

  • There’s still a place for ‘explicit instruction’ in schools

    Lorraine Hammond     |      April 15, 2019

    Although modern teaching methods have long emphasised ‘discovery’ and ‘active learning’, there’s still a place for ‘explicit instruction’ in Australian classrooms, particularly when background knowledge is low and the task is difficult.

  • Is your child lonely at school?

    Terry Bowles     |      April 11, 2019

    Loneliness and isolation can cause serious problems, especially for children in primary and secondary school, but there are key steps that can help your child connect to the school and their peers and be happy.

  • It’s time to confront China’s efforts to curb Australia’s academic freedom

    Elaine Pearson     |      April 8, 2019

    There is increasing concern about Chinese government interference in Australian politics, and a spotlight should also be shone on China’s malign influence on our university campuses.