Tens of thousands of students in alternative education

by Justin Norrie, Editor of The Conversation. More than 33,000 disenfranchised young Australians are taking part in at least 400 “non-conventional schooling” programs, according to the largest ever national survey of students who have fallen out of the regular schooling system. A report commissioned by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum into alternative education courses in Australia.. Read more

How to make the most of parent teacher nights

Parent teacher nights can be stressful experiences. Both for your teenager, who may be sitting there nervously waiting for the guillotine to drop, and for yourselves, as you struggle to find your way around an unfamiliar campus, to line up for a few minutes with a teacher, only to find you’ve missed your slot because.. Read more

Don’t punish me for my friends’ behaviour

On day 4 of our National Youth Week teen writing event, Alex (15) asked parents to not judge their kids by their friends. I have a lot of friends who have WAY too much leeway. It’s probably not that their parents couldn’t care less, it’s more so they just don’t have the time to deal.. Read more

Public versus private education

On day 3 of our National Youth Week teen writing event, Phoebe (17) explored how she feels about her public education. State or private education: which is better? Undoubtedly you as parents have some kind of stance on this issue. My parents chose a state school for me despite being quite well off. I can.. Read more

Why schools and corporate brands shouldn’t mix

The furore following the announcement that Jenny Craig CEO Amy Smith would address a gathering of hundreds of girls’ school teachers has once again brought the uncomfortable issue of corporate presence in schools to light. The public response – that school groups should not be seen to endorse the dieting industry – is certainly warranted… Read more

Education review: the teacher is the key

By Ned Manning, writer and teacher. The Gonski Report has rightly recommended that there be a serious injection of funds into education. One of the best things about this excellent report is that it puts education back where it should be, at the centre of national debate. One thing needs to be established. At the.. Read more

Gonski review calls for $5 billion to lift all students to national standard

Every school student in Australia would be allocated enough needs-based funding to be educated to a national standard, under a landmark proposal to pump an additional $5 billion of government money into schools annually. Following the largest review of school funding in almost 40 years, the Gonski report – handed down today – has recommended.. Read more

Guest post: Home schooling, from a mum who did

Home Education – What? Why? How? Who? And is it a valuable option? By Liliane Grace There’s a bit of a conversation in the media at the moment about the benefits and drawbacks of home schooling. My three children were home educated – via a largely unstructured, secular approach. They are now 16 (almost 17;.. Read more

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Thousands of students illegally home schooled

This year thousands of Australian school children will be illegally home schooled, according to a report on Radio National’s Background Briefing program. By law, children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school or be registered for home schooling. In the story Opting Out and Staying Home, journalist Ian Townsend reported that 50,000.. Read more

Violence and lack of discipline – a teacher’s lot

A new survey has revealed half of Victoria’s school teachers have battled violence or aggression in their classrooms. Most of the teachers surveyed also believe that parents expect them to provide all the discipline for their children. The Herald Sun survey of 816 primary and secondary teachers, conducted and analysed by Galaxy Research, found: 50%.. Read more