The ALP government’s national curriculum is a bad model with misplaced priorities, argues News South Wales secondary school teacher Paul McCormack. As the election approaches, certain policy areas tend to dominate the political agenda, and very few of them capture as much attention as education. Unfortunately, the debate about education at election time is about quantity rather than quality. It focuses on the financial commitments that either major party is prepared to make towards schools and students. Hence, the news articles report the difference between the ALP and the Coalition on budgetary measures such as the retention or abolition of the “schoolkids’ bonus” and the proposed Gonski reforms. Meanwhile, the more important issue such as the quality and content within our education system, a factor that is ultimately not determined…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.