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Essential: Labor set for Victorian win on health and education

Labor is poised to win government in Victoria, on the back of voter trust on health and education, an Essential Research poll shows.

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The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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Think of the children: govt grasps at straws to sell budget

A desperate government won’t get much help from the Business Council when it comes to intergenerational issues.

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Female workplace participation thrown out with parental leave bathwater

The Productivity Commission wants a more efficient and effective childcare system, but doesn’t hold out much hope it will spur participation.

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Corporal punishment in schools should stay in the past

Crikey readers have their say on corporal punishment and BDS.

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Crikey Clarifier: can a teacher smack your kid?

The man at the centre of Christopher Pyne’s national curriculum review, Kevin Donnelly, thinks teachers are within their rights to dole out a little physical discipline now and then. Crikey intern Paul Millar asks: is that even legal?

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Want to improve teaching? Ask a teacher

The media has been full of complaints about poor-quality teachers. But does the answer really lie in choosing teachers with better academic marks? Teacher Chris Fotinopoulos is not convinced.

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Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

The curious case of the “Trojan Horse” document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia’s education system.

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The school chaplain and the poisoned cake

Terrifying tales of damnation have no place in our secular schools. With the budget boost to the chaplaincy program will schools be teaching kids what to think instead of how to?

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Bill Shorten’s magic pudding

Crikey readers talk the budget reply, what schools could do with their $245 million for chaplains, and whether medical necessities could be made cheaper.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: bigots, boats and bullies edition

It’s bigots, bigots, everywhere, and plenty of free speech. Plus: do teachers actually do any work?

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Hockey’s spending challenge: stop it getting worse first

Joe Hockey’s task in reining in spending on health, education and welfare is first to prevent the Coalition’s policies from making it worse.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: school spirit … wages stoush … TA takedown …

The federal government has some funny ideas about education, as it wants to give $70 million to schools to … er … do exactly what they are doing now. Plus Tony Abbott’s YouTube smackdown, celebrity tragedies and Margie Abbott’s musings.

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The rich paying $25k a year to learn to be good to the poor

If the Jesuits want to be a “church for the poor”, why are they only educating the extremely rich? Marion Maddox, director of Macquarie University’s Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, looks into inequality in schools.

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Note, Tim Wilson, speech not the only freedom worth protecting

The new appointee to the Human Rights Commission has a lot to say about the curriculum. But Crikey’s writer-at-large says maybe Wilson needs to go back to school himself to swot up on basic theories.

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Our education curriculum was not political — it will be if Pyne gets his way

History educator and researcher Tony Taylor says Christopher Pyne’s education review is unnecessary, unfounded and based on specious arguments. We need a credible review team — and a credible minister.

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Schooling Christopher Pyne

Crikey readers talk Christopher Pyne, and one remembers a limerick that’s good on paper.

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Labor’s frontbench, too, is a mostly private-school affair

With education reforms given an unclear future, the spotlight has been on Tony Abbott’s private school-dominated cabinet. But a Crikey survey by Dylan Barber finds that the Labor shadow ministry isn’t the bastion of public-school alumni you might think.

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Survey: cabinet really is a private school boys’ club

Watch out when the government talks education funding reform; a Crikey survey by Dylan Barber finds 82% of the cabinet went to private schools. See which minister had the most expensive education …

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Essential: Gonski bungle costs Abbott big in voter approval

Tony Abbott has a negative approval rating for the first time since becoming Prime Minister, and it has a lot to do with his education misstep.

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Pyne blows himself, and the Gonski reforms, to pieces

Christopher Pyne has destroyed the Gonski school funding reforms and badly damaged the government with his bungling. So what drove this balls-up?

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Tips and rumours

We’ve always been at war with Gonski. Is Gmail censoring “sensitive” ADF data? Plus other tips and rumours …

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Con-ski: Coalition lied on education reform

The awful policy and politics of Christopher Pyne’s Gonski reversal demonstrate the Coalition’s inept approach to education.

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Memo to Chris Pyne: Gonski is not going anywhere

Are Labor’s Gonski school reforms (and funding increases) really in jeopardy from an Abbott government? Probably not, writes education expert Bronwyn Hinz.

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