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Substance in the education rhetoric

By Brian J. Caldwell. The Age. 17 November 2013 Substance in the education rhetoric EDUCATION Minister Martin Dixon has released a position paper that adds substance to the Baillieu government’s commitment to lift the performance of Victoria’s students into the global top tier in the next 10 years. But the public and profession are entitled […]

Universities told to raise bar for teachers

Universities told to raise bar for teachers. Steve Machett UNIVERSITIES relying on training teachers for income should “put the national interest first” by cutting enrolments of poor-quality students and closing courses. But the call for higher standards by Brian Caldwell, a former dean of education at the universities of Melbourne and Tasmania, and a leading […]

Arts program closes indigenous gap in one year

Arts program closes indigenous gap in one year. By Justine Ferrari AN arts program for indigenous primary school students closed the gap with their classmates’ literacy skills in one year and raised parents’ expectations of what their children could achieve. An independent evaluation of The Song Room found the proportion of indigenous students receiving As […]

Teacher quality key to better classrooms

Teacher quality key to better classrooms From:CourierMail EDUCATORS have warned teacher quality remains the key to improving student outcomes amid concerns about the basic literacy and numeracy knowledge of aspiring primary school teachers. read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/education-review-leader-professor-brian-caldwell-claims-teacher-quality-remains-key-to-improving-student-outcomes/story-e6freoof-1226391647715

Why our best teachers are worth $150,000

Why our best teachers are worth $150,000. By Caroline Milburn WHEN a federal Coalition MP says a group of public employees deserve to have their wages more than doubled to $150,000, listeners are bound to wonder if their hearing is faulty. Australia’s conservative parties have a history of opposing big pay rises for employees. But […]