Showing posts with label Australian education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Australian education. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Australian education has slipped

The PISA results (Program for International Student Assessment) for 2015 have just been released. As far as my land of birth is concerned, results are not good. Australia performed equal 10th in science (down from 8th in 2012), 20th in maths (down from 17th) and 12th in reading (down from 10th). In international comparisons and average scores, Australian results have been dropping regularly since 2000. In scientific, mathematical and reading literacy, Singapore was a winner.

Singapore kindergarten. [Roslan Rahman / AFP]
Australia has one of the most segregated schooling systems in the world. The OECD data provide a strong correlation between high-performing systems such as Singapore and factors of social cohesion and equity.
Click here for an article on the PISA results.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Proselytizers in Aussie schools

The Australian secondary-school system promotes a preposterous so-called chaplaincy program, which means that public funds are used to enable Christian proselytizers to brainwash school kids. Most Australians have known all along that such a situation is simply not right, but the absurdity of this state-assisted religious brainwashing has just been brought to light through the tardy analysis of a speech made by a certain Evonne Paddison, head of a religious organization that seeks to take advantage of government funding, back in 2008. She said: "In Australia, we have a God-given open door to children and young people with the Gospel. Our federal and state governments allow us to take the Christian faith into our schools and share it. We need to go and make disciples. What really matters is seizing the God-given opportunity we have to reach kids in schools."

I've always believed that there are many fine things in the time-honored style of Australian secondary-school education. Personally, I'm a "product" of the rural dimension of this system, and I've always taken pleasure in pointing out what appears to me as good about my schooling in Grafton.

If you believe, like me, that it's time to put an end to the chaplaincy scam in Australian secondary schools, you might vote NO in this newspaper poll.