15 Agosto 2009

Um pequeno artigo de Jennifer Buckingham publicado no CIS (Center for Independent Studies) e que não resisto a transcrever:

 

Schools of Thought

In the last decade, much has changed in the school education policy sphere. The educational disadvantages experienced by boys due to changes in curriculum and pedagogy, including the teaching of reading, have been recognized. The conventional wisdom that family circumstances determine educational outcomes has been successfully challenged and the strong influence of teacher quality on student achievement is now accepted. Many states have made reforms to school governance to increase the role of schools in managing their budgets and selecting staff.

Both sides of politics are now speaking the language of school choice, acknowledging that public and non-government schools both play important parts in delivering quality education to Australian children. External testing and benchmarking is now routine and, later this year, parents in all states and territories will finally be able to access information about the performance of individual schools. After numerous failed attempts over the last four decades, national curricula and standards are now under development. Governments are exploring new ways to recruit and train teachers to complement the traditional pathways, as the teaching profession becomes more important and is under more pressure than ever before.

While much progress has been made toward providing schools that are responsive to their communities and open to scrutiny, there is still work to be done. The key themes and ideas advanced by CIS over the last decade are still relevant. School funding remains unnecessarily complex and poorly targeted. Teacher training needs urgent improvement and teacher employment practices must be modernised if schools are to keep up with the rest of the economy. And the most important principles, especially school choice, still need to be constantly defended.

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