A “self-fulfilling, rolling disaster”?

A new narrative for Australian schooling would accept diversity and competition – but competition for achievement rather than for students or money, writes Dean Ashenden

05 Mar 14 | Comments (11)

Independent schools: an idea whose time has passed

Christopher Pyne’s plan for “independent” public schools bears a family resemblance to the academies and free schools that have undermined British education, writes Francis Beckett in London

12 Feb 14 | Comments (3)

My school and yours: the disappearing achievers

A new analysis of schools data shows why we mustn’t walk away from the promise of Gonski, writes Chris Bonnor

11 Feb 14 | Comments (3)

Coming, ready or not

Technology is going to drive the first revolution in schooling since the invention of the printing press, says Dean Ashenden. But it’s not just a matter of the machinery

19 Nov 13 | Comments (2)

The Gonski prospect

Gonski has come to symbolise a sense of social decency, writes Dean Ashenden. But how much “Gonski” is left in the plan, and how will it look after the election?

29 Aug 13 | Comments (0)

Competition, “autonomy” and schools

It may be that school policy can learn more from the Australian Football League than from Shanghai or Finland, says Dean Ashenden

15 Jul 13 | Comments (4)

The Grattan line

The Grattan Institute has much of importance to contribute to the education debate, writes Dean Ashenden. Its hits and misses reveal a lot about Australian schooling, and ways of thinking about it

02 Jul 13 | Comments (3)

Student achievement: frozen by inequity

Amid the fraught discussions about Gonski, the need to resolve deep-seated problems of equity and student achievement remains urgent, writes Bernie Shepherd

10 Apr 13 | Comments (5)