Educational researchers unite to challenge inequality in Australian schooling

Riddle, Stewart (2015) Educational researchers unite to challenge inequality in Australian schooling. EduResearch Matters. pp. 1-3.

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Educational inequality in Australia is persistent. One in four young Australians are now being left behind according to a recent report from the Mitchell Institute, evidence that school isn’t working for many of our children. A large proportion of students attend private schools while public schools are becoming increasingly residualised. Families who can draw on significant cultural, social and economic capital are able to send their children to private schools with state-of-the-art performing arts and sporting facilities, and a promise of future economic prosperity and social success. But four out of five children with a disability and 85% of Indigenous students attend public schools. Nearly 600,000 Australian children live in poverty and our public schools are struggling to cater for the majority of them, with limited resources. Former Prime Minister, John Howard, referred to public schools operating as a safety net, and in a sense that is what they are becoming.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Australian Association for Research in Education blog. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 05:50
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 01:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: inequality, public schooling, equity
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education

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