Think about it. A government high school in a poor suburb is a place where students say to visitors, "you know the teachers are not just here for the pay, they're here for us."
Through a series of conversations with some of the most prominent thinkers in education and an examination of culture and academic change in six Australian schools, Class Act invites reflection on one of our most pressing national dilemmas – how we replicate success across a fragmented system and reverse the decline in student performance.
Class Act is Maxine McKew’s second book, following the success of her political memoir Tales From the Political Trenches. At a time of intense and often acrimonious debate around the funding of Australian schools, Class Act will appeal to parents, teachers and policy-makers alike with the freshness of its stories and frank accounts of the joys and pit-falls of learning in the new millennia.Purchase now
Not many leaders are gifted a second chance. In the short time he had before he faced the verdict of the people, Kevin Rudd had to revive respect and credibility in his governing party.
But the 2013 campaign turned out to be one more bitter, lost opportunity for the Australian Labor Party. In this updated edition of her popular memoir Tales From the Political Trenches, Maxine McKew considers the high price that the Australian Labor Party has paid for the fratricidal conflicts that have dominated since Kevin Rudd first came to power in 2007. She argues that for years to come, competing views about two talented individuals, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, will continue to arouse intense emotion and divide Labor loyalists.
After winning a spectacular victory against Prime Minister John Howard in 2007, McKew was one of the many casualties of the disastrous 2010 election campaign, when Labor was left clinging to the wreckage and forced into minority government. Now after the 2013 poll, which exacted an even higher price, Tales From the Political Trenches provides a compelling analysis for those looking back over the vandalism of the past six years and are still asking 'what the hell happened?'.Purchase now