Category Archives: Education policy

Jim and Jillian Dellit established this website to bring together their various endeavours, to engage with and contribute to the educational community and educational delivery. Jillian is continuing this work both in her own right, and to keep faith with Jim's life, 1947-2014, and their productive partnership 1970-2014.

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December 18

Avoiding Institutional Dementia: reinvigorating the study of the History of Education posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform

My year has been neatly book-ended by reminders of the importance of history, to the profession, but also to public life.  

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October 31

Doing time: do Australian working class kids need more time at school? posted by Jim in ACARA, Education policy, Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

In September this year, six Chicago Public Schools joined an increasing movement in the United States and Canada to extend the amount of time students spend in contact with their teachers, and school-based learning.  In 2012, all Chicago public schools will … Continue reading

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September 15

Professional aspirations, expectations and goodwill: enter new graduate teachers stage left posted by Jim in Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

This blog is both dedicated and directed to the graduating students from the Grad Dip Secondary at the University of Canberra. This is, in a sense, a Ceremonial Graduation Blog: including some advice to young graduates. The University of Canberra’s … Continue reading

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August 20

It doesn’t have to be like this posted by Jillian in Education reform, equity

  In 1986, while working in the Equal Opportunity Unit of the South Australian Education Department, Margaret Wallace and I conducted a consultation with women about their schooling. We visited schools and talked to mothers of students. One woman’s response has … Continue reading

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August 10

Our concept of public education posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform, equity

One of the basic British reforms of the nineteenth century that enabled improvements for the middle-class and then the working-class, was the introduction of differential tax scales. 

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August 3

Our un-Australian Equity Gap posted by Jillian in ACARA, Education policy, Education reform, equity, Uncategorized

With all its shortcomings, the My School website, together with data from successive PISA results, is providing evidence that you need  more than luck to get a fair educational go in the Lucky Country.

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July 20

Lessons from the past: #2 posted by Jim in Curriculum, Education policy, Education reform

Many teachers are caught up in the contemporary fascination with tracing their genealogy: the blood lines and family histories that have shaped their bodies, attitudes and personalities. But what of our professional thinking, pedagogies and ethics – who has wormed … Continue reading

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June 9

This week’s education reform posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform

John Hattie’s article Challenge of focusing education reform in The Australian on 7 June 2011 demonstrates at least a couple of the wicked problems we face in education.

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