Curriculum

Time to slaughter the Sacred Cows: A response to the NSW Curriculum Review

I looked forward to the report on the NSW curriculum review of education with some optimism as I’d heard on the grapevine that it was making recommendations that align with the work I do. While they recognise that kids are disengaging from the current offering, the recommendations for implementation fall far short of the mark. …

Shutting your school? Teaching online is different to teaching face to face

I was an early pioneer of online teaching, teaching through video conference to classrooms overseas before Zoom, Collaborate, Google Classrooms and Microsoft Teams existed. I’ve got over 10 years of experience teaching online in universities, and I have spent the last four years developing an online curriculum for high school children who, for whatever reason, …

Stop Blaming the Teachers for Poor Results

We’ve seen a decline in PISA comparative results for Australia for nearly 2 decades now, and what have seen in response. More rigid curriculum requirements; more rigid reporting requirements; more rigid testing requirement; more pressure and blame on the teachers; more diversified funding of schools leading to greater inequality of provision; and in some states, …