Breaking Out Journal

This unique publication seeks to bring teachers, education academics, parents and students in Australia together to critically discuss contemporary issues in teaching and learning. In the present neoliberal context, the gap between academic research and the work and thinking of practicing teachers is an increasingly difficult one to bridge, likewise the gap between teachers and parents. In the context of the ongoing marginalisation of much critical and radical practice and research in teaching and learning Breaking Out seeks to provide a collective space to connect and strengthen currently isolated thinking and activity. Ideally this will contribute to the development of a stronger and better articulated critical, alternative, cross-sectoral voice in education.

Welcome to the first issue of Breaking Out. A Journal of Schools, Community and Social Justice.

This journal is intended for everyone who thinks that education is not a market good to be bought, sold and traded, but rather a public good that enables agency, social justice and change. It is a journal for those who want to make a difference, but understand that our individual efforts are only as good as the collective action they are part of.

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With an overwhelming number of publications now available in the field of education, one might wonder: Why is another journal necessary?

Professor Antonia Darder makes the case that "What is often overlooked in such a question is the importance of intentionality."

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Given the assumptions that 'quality teachers' are not social workers but ‘knowledge workers’, who should be able to include the diverse range of students in their classes in productive learning, worthwhile questions to ask are:

  • How do teachers express care for young people on or outside the margins of the official curriculum, and;
  • What do we mean by care in education?

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Australians are familiar with the idea of having a school zone. It is a culturally engrained idea in our education system and legislation enshrines the right of children to have a designated neighbourhood school. However, both the idea and the right are more contested than is often realised.

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The teacher neglects to write the learning intention on the board.

Instead, she shows an image on the screen and invites students to respond to the image. “Write about the ideas that come to you when you look at this image” she says. She has previously taught a few of these students and expects they will cope with such an open task.

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When learning is just an accumulation of little bits of unconnected knowledge, children may learn to function in the world but they will not become critical agents. In other words, every child can be an intellectual and teachers need to see themselves as intellectuals.

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Kate Habgood discusses the role of schools in teaching political literacy and some basic tools teachers can use to contextualise debate of contemporary issues.

"It is often mentioned that we have a problem with political apathy in Australia. Unfortunately, the role our schools and curricula have in this problem is rarely discussed."

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And it begins. The start to another school year and the predictable avalanche of someone else’s career aspirations being thrust upon us. The dot point. There it sits beside a claim on a resume masking the collective groans and the rolling eyes of its victims.

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