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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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Labor may be Gonski, but marks for trying on education

Labor has tried to do the right thing by schools. But the Gonski reforms are far from a done deal — and this presents both problems and opportunities for educators.

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Fantasy budget: Andrew Norton would jack up uni fees

Why should public universities receive so much taxpayer money? Lifting uni fees and giving more money to private universities would result in better outcomes, argues Andrew Norton of The Grattan Institute.

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Christopher Pyne’s strange and dated Anzac Day culture war

Christopher Pyne’s lament that Anzac Day is in danger of being overlooked is absurd, and a clear effort to relaunch the culture wars.

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Slim chance of change in fashion modelling

Crikey readers talk fashion models, the government’s education reforms and why railways are still relevant.

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To fix education, send good teachers to bad schools

Transparent accountability, merit-based pay and concentrating on the worst schools is a start, writes education consultant and former teacher and principal David Edmunds.

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Life as a graduate teacher: does uni prepare you for a classroom?

Wannabe teachers must have literacy and numeracy skills in the top 30% of the nation and prove their interest in teaching through interviews and aptitude tests. Crikey interviews graduate teachers for their take on the proposed changes.

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The real education revolution Labor needs

Money alone won’t solve the crisis in Australian education, the former Labor leader argues in the current Quarterly Essay. Only system-wide institutional change will arrest declining standards.

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Why Christopher Pyne should go back to school

Australia’s secondary educational funding model is broken. To claim otherwise, as Christopher Pyne did today, will perpetuate both inequality and poor educational outcomes.

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The COAG cycle of frustration goes ever on

COAG has devolved back to where it was six years ago. The cycle of failure will continue unless radical change is contemplated.

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Why your arts or science degree may have been a waste of time

A study has found health and education graduates are most likely to get a good job — while arts and science grads are lagging behind. Andrew Norton authored the report on university-related debt for the Grattan Institute.

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Here’s one we prepared earlier: Labor goes back to Asia

Labor’s new Asian vision is a lot like its Keating-era big picture, only with more spin. Labor looks like the party with some vision of where it wants to go, even if that vision is mainly rear-vision.

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Mass-educate: classless future for universities

Open online courses are the one genuinely transformational trend in education. But nobody knows if they’re here to stay, and if so, for better or worse.

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Doctor divides uni: gay student told to seek hormone testing

Students and staff at the University of Canberra are divided over the actions of a Catholic doctor at the university medical centre who refuses to prescribe contraception and suggested a gay student have a hormone test.

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Engineers rule the roost in top ASX companies

Engineers and scientists beat out those who studied business at university when it comes to who gets the top CEO jobs, writes LeadingCompany’s Myriam Robin.

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Gillard cops sexist spray in Facebook live chat

Julia Gillard is subject to the usual barrage of sexist trolling when she tries to talk education in a Facebook live chat today, as Crikey intern Sally Whyte discovers.

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Education reform: first the crusade, now the brawl

Last week it was Julia Gillard’s crusade. This week three states are locked in an arm-wrestle with teacher organisations over wages, conditions and class sizes. This is war on all fronts, says Dean Ashenden.

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NSW axes education spending — and screws Wayne Swan

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has been forced to put the razor to his own department, shedding 1800 jobs and increasing TAFE fees by 9.5%. It’s a twisted political move, writes Andrew Stevenson.

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Why your kids should be taught ethics in school

Would you rather your child was smart or good? If you want “good” kids, teach them ethics at school, writes Cranbrook School deputy principal and author Michael Parker.

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