Pyne misses the point in education reform

Riddle, Stewart (2014) Pyne misses the point in education reform. The Conversation, 13 May 2014. pp. 1-3.

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Tonight’s budget will produce few surprises for education funding. The deregulation of university fees, increased support for independent public schools, re-prioritised research funding and a commitment to Gonski-lite for the next four years are all likely outcomes.

Despite the focus on the tightening of purse strings this week, perhaps now is the time to question whether Education Minister Christopher Pyne and many education 'reformers' are completely missing the point when it comes to education. The noise and messiness of blame, finger-pointing and partisanship that exists in our political landscape has created a situation where policymakers and politicians focus on incremental change, budgets and narrow conceptions of school success based on high-stakes testing and outdated views on what it means to be educated.

We need to shift the debate from a budget-based view of education to one that examines exactly what kind of education we want for young Australians. This has implications for the kind of society we want to live in.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 05:55
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: education policy, schooling
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education

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