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Entrenching inequity in Gillard’s education devolution

MySchool remains a lemon and a loathsome legacy from Gillard’s stint as federal education minister, writes psychologist Elizabeth Lyons.

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Online Opinion | FEDERAL|

Goldie Hawn could teach golden Gillard a thing or two

The spirit of learning has been crushed in classrooms by kids being forced to practise, practise, practise for NAPLAN tests. Children shouldn’t be political pawns, writes Phil Cullen.

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Revenue, tax and savings

Crikey readers weigh in on tax, News Ltd and Naplan.

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Tips and rumours: If you’re dumb, please wag Naplan day

What state has at least two primary schools where teachers are telling children who don’t perform well that they don’t have to bother coming for Naplan testing day?

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Eureka Report | FEDERAL|

Throw down your chalk and get ready for a real education revolution

The classroom is turning into the stage for an industrial action showdown, with the AEU banning teacher supervision of the controversial NAPLAN tests. Alienating educators is a risky move by Julia Gillard, writes teacher Fatima Measham.

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What you can really learn from My School

The notorious My School website may not say anything about the effectiveness of schools, but it does give fascinating information into the type of schools we have, the students they allow to enrol and staffing levels.

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Essential Research: Mandate for Labor on health, refugees

Voters are standing behind Labor on refugee policy and health reform as leaders nut out a deal in Canberra today, with new Essential Research polling giving the government a strong mandate on both key issues.

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Online Opinion | FEDERAL|

We need to teach our teachers how to teach

The NAPLAN tests are completely unrealistic and unfair to teachers. How can teachers be expected to guide their students in literacy following the NAPLAN standards, if they themselves haven’t been taught it?

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

Why NAPLAN’s a bad plan for your kid’s education

Rather than spending time figuring out how to motivate, inspire and engage children across key learning areas, NAPLAN tests are forcing teachers to just teach children how to take tests, writes Allan Sheffield.

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Don’t let NAPLAN tests be misunderstood

NAPLAN tests are a very useful tool for teachers and schools in guiding the development of teaching programs for literacy and numeracy, but not for for comparing students or schools, writes David Hardie.

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NAPLAN tests and My School: one size doesn’t fit all

The information on the Government’s My School website will only offer flawed data based on a useless test, writes Trevor Diogenes.

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Split in the professional education and research landscape

Fritz Blacksmith looks at a public differences in the professional education and research sector. Are school league tables the way to go?

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