Opinion

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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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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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...

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