Class sizes and the dead hand of history

Sure, smaller classes would be good, but at what opportunity costs, asks Dean Ashenden

01 Mar 13 | Comments (12)

Evolutionary tinkering in revolutionary times

The current system of teacher education isn’t working for many students. Dean Ashenden looks at the alternatives, and their adversaries

15 Feb 13 | Comments (17)

Gonski and Gillard won’t fix this problem

In a forthcoming paper for the Centre for Policy Development, Chris Bonnor describes a worsening school equity problem that will persist for decades to come

28 Nov 12 | Comments (6)

Frank Gagliado’s schooling: a one-hundred year view

All’s not necessarily well in the classroom even when it ends well, writes Dean Ashenden

17 Oct 12 | Comments (11)

Two suburbs, 167 lives: how the Life Chances study turned twenty-one

In 1990 a team of researchers began tracking a group of babies born in two inner suburbs of Melbourne. Their latest results paint a complex picture of obstacles, opportunities and resilience, writes Melissa Sweet

08 Oct 12 | Comments (0)

A shift in the monolingual mood

A new parliamentary report challenges the thinking behind the downgrading of Indigenous languages in schools, writes Lisa Waller

26 Sep 12 | Comments (4)

The revolution that became a crusade

The government has at last come up with the outline of a strategy for reforming schools, writes Dean Ashenden. The worry is in what the prime minister didn’t say

05 Sep 12 | Comments (0)

Latham’s list was a hit in the polls

Mark Latham’s private school funding policy is usually seen as an electoral minus for Labor, but the polls suggest otherwise, writes Peter Browne

27 Aug 12 | Comments (2)