'Imagine a school where a Year 12 student leader says to a visitor, "Our teachers aren't here for the pay, they're here for us". Or where a relief teacher says, "This is such a great place, you can really teach here".'
'I’m over it. The endless binary debates that fuel the great education wars. Public vs private, phonics vs whole language, autonomy vs command and control. So yesterday as my young friends would say.'
'WHEN Maria Karvouni arrived as principal at Charles La Trobe College in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, the air of defeatism in the school was palpable. Staff were demoralised, struggling to teach disrespectful students, and poor academic results were accepted as the norm.'
'Class Act, to be released next month, is a result of the work the journalist and former Labour MP has done over the past two years as a fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Having spent time in each of the featured schools, McKew noticed two common elements to their success...'
'In her forthcoming book Class Act, looking at the changes under way in Australian education, Maxine McKew says John Hattie distils his research into “a simple and elegant proposition for teachers — know thy impact”.
It’s an approach that underpins the transformation of teaching as a vocation to a profession incorporating the science of learning.'
'Before academia claimed him, leading education researcher John Hattie was a classroom teacher himself. When he looks back on that time, he identifies the expertise of one of his own schoolteachers as embodying the practice that he would later define and document.’
'The dominant debate in education over the past few decades pitting public schools against private schools has ignored the most important issue, which the new head of the national teaching institute says is the varying quality of teachers.’