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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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Public service changes make sense, but there’s a risk for PM&C

The government has changed the shape of the public service. Governance expert Stephen Bartos argues this mostly makes sense, but PM&C taking on indigenous affairs could backfire.

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Sound and fury signifying not much as both sides embrace unity tickets

Despite the rhetoric of the election campaign, Labor and the Coalition are on the same page on nearly all of the issues that voters regard as important.

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And the winner in the after-school care pledge is … Sydney

Labor’s $450 million outside school hours childcare announcement is aimed very clearly at Sydney voters.

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A ‘great’ education might not be such a good idea

Why did we switch from talking about a “good” education to talking about a “great” one? School principal and PhD candidate Chris Duncan says the difference matters.

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Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.

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Get Fact: did every kid get a Labor laptop?

Kevin Rudd promised to give every Australian student in years 9-12 a lap top. But did Labor follow through? Crikey intern Bension Siebert finds out.

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Essential: leadership the problem as Labor flatlines

Voter disenchantment with Labor now focuses on the leadership issue, despite the government’s attempts to focus on education and disability.

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Sweet charity as millionaire private schools grab cash

Many of Australia’s “charitable organisations” are actually private schools — and some are cashed-up. Freelance writer Sasha Petrova asks why state schools don’t get the same tax perks.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What the heck is Gonski? Richard Farmer doesn’t think the election will hinge on education reform. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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The ethics of enforced child vaccinations

There is a broad consensus in the medical community that immunisation is safe, effective and healthy — although not all parents agree. Monash University Law School associate professor Dr Paula Gerber says making childcare conditional upon being vaccinated violates a child’s human rights.

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