Education

Australian competitiveness means teens are set up to fail.

I was at a Learning Creates Australia workshop event a few weeks ago where the following chart was shared. I suddenly realised why so many young Australians are disengaging from education and their future.  Australian competitiveness means Australian teens are set up to fail. Australia’s Over-Competitiveness The graph clearly shows that young teenage Australians have …

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. …

What will replace the ‘School Bell’​ in the online home classroom?

I recently had the good fortune of visiting Thebarton Senior College, and I was so excited to find that they didn’t ring a bell or sound an alarm to signal the end of the lesson. Instead, they relied on students and staff to manage their own time and get where they needed to be. I’m …

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, …

POLL: Would this do anything to motivate you?

Is it me, or is Australia in deep trouble? I’ve spent 3 years developing an alternative curriculum and education system for high schools called the Inventorium, and have researched and interacted with lots of schools around Australia and many of the Assessment Boards. In my experience, South Australia has the most forward thinking and flexible …