“Education Revolution” promise in tatters:
New international testing leaves Australia’s education credentials in tatters. Julia Gillard promised Australians nothing short of an Education Revolution and now the report card is in. The testing shows year four students whose entire formative schooling occurred under the so-called ‘Education Revolution’ are dramatically falling behind by international standards. Peter Garrett says it’s a wake-up call.
How has the $2.6 billion spent on computers and $16 billion spent on school halls lifted student outcomes? How have billions in national partnership funding, including $540 million targeted towards literacy and numeracy which the Auditor-General found to be flawed and ineffective, lifted student outcomes? How has the Australian Education Bill full of meaningless motherhood statements lifted student outcomes?
Our dramatic slip in education, by international standards is large and unmistakable. So who is too blame? Would love to get your feedback, or issues associated with IT implementations and its use within the classroom.