Volume 1 Issue 1

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."

 Read more

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?

 Read more

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.

 Read more

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.

 Read more

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.

 Read more

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."

 Read more

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.

 Read more

Danielle Sandler spoke to Amelia King, an Aboriginal PhD scholar, about her experiences in, and views of, the education system.

"A lot of people think about the communities in remote areas when they're talking about Aboriginal experiences, and there can be a bit of an idea that those of us who aren't in remote areas aren't 'real' Aboriginal people, so I love that you decided to include an urban perspective."

 Read more

Designed by students, Teach the Teacher is a student-led professional learning program in which both teachers and students share views and plan school change. It is a practical approach to engaging a school community in discussions about education and life at school, around topics defined and led by students. It provides a space for dialogue between students, teachers and principals where they can explore issues, share ideas and plan change in a constructive and judgment free environment.

 Read more

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.

 Read more

As a teacher I’ve been very influenced by the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, and his argument that any and all collaboration and action in education needs to be aimed at understanding the world in order to change it. In 2014 my family and I spent a year living in Chile, providing an opportunity to engage directly with the student movement there as a living example of Freire’s ideas about the connection between teaching, learning and social change.

 Read more

Australian aid specifically for education is used not as an expression of generous solidarity, but as a clearly identified means to a very specific end:  the promotion of Australia's 'national interests', and the undermining of the potential to build popular movements that challenge the place and policies of government authorities considered acceptable by Australian governments.

 Read more

This is the eighth year of NAPLAN testing.  It is no longer a ‘new initiative’, enjoys bipartisan support and appears to have become an entrenched part of our education system.  So some might wonder why we should continue to campaign against it...

 Read more

I withdrew my daughter from NAPLAN because the idea of making a diverse range of children sit down for a standardised test and expecting that the result would somehow symbolise something about the school or the students did not sit well with me.

 Read more

There are many myths about NAPLAN, some supported by mis-information and propoganda.  In this fact sheet, Breaking Out and Say NO to NAPLAN dispel a few myths and NAPLAN and provide guidance for parents about how it should be used and their rights to opt-out.

 Read more