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Progress with public education

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The thread on social mobility has morphed into a debate on literacy and public education which we have addressed previously. Historical research by the late Ed West and others indicated that there was no need to provide “free for all” public education to deliver basic education for the masses.

As to the contribution of the public school teachers in recent times, refer to a paper by Andrew Leigh.

“Over the last quarter of the twentieth century, the resources devoted to educating each student in Australian schools doubled. Yet literacy and numeracy standards stagnated or fell. Together, these findings suggest that Australia needs to think harder about ways of improving the productivity of our schools.”


As I said before, it is a pity that Andrew did not get around to mention the contribution of the teachers unions to education policy and practice, I suppose they were well represented in the audience judging from the reaction to his paper.

Recent statements by a leading unionist in NSW indicate that their opposition to accountability persists.


Written by Admin

April 19, 2006 at 11:51 pm

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