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PostSubject: Education failure in Australia   Education failure in Australia EmptySun 20 Jan 2019, 7:38 am

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Progressive fads promote cultural illiteracy in schools
January 19, 2019

The school year will not start until the end of the month, but education issues are already front and centre. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan quite rightly has raised the problem of Australia’s abysmal ­record of classroom disruption caused by badly behaved students — an area in which, according to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment test, we are ranked 63rd out of 68 countries.

ALP deputy leader Tanya Plibersek’s recent comments about the importance of teacher quality as measured by entry standards to university courses have also resonated. Teacher effectiveness is one of the most important factors in determining educational outcomes.

Not unexpectedly, the Australian Education Union’s contribution to the debate is to argue that spending additional billions is the solution. At the same time, Geoff Masters from the Australian Council for Educational ­Research, who is leading the NSW school review, argues fads such as 21st-century learning and teaching generic competencies are the way of the future.

These may have some merit, but the danger is that debating such issues in isolation ignores the reality that the best way to strengthen Australia’s education system is to first identify why it is failing, and then adopt the research-based evidence suggestions for the best way forward.

Based on national and international tests, standards are either flatlining or going backwards. ­Despite the additional billions invested in education over the past 20 to 30 years, our students are consistently outperformed by their peers in Singapore, Shanghai, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland.

As for why standards have ­either stagnated or gone backwards and so many students leave school culturally illiterate, one needs to look no further than the adoption of progressive, new age fads and the impact of the cultural Left’s political correctness movement. Teachers, instead of being in control and teaching, are described as facilitators and guides by the side, and students are now described as knowledge navigators and digital natives. Millions of dollars are being wasted on promoting laptops, computers and the internet on the mistaken belief that the most effective way to learn is to embrace the new technologies and go online.

Promoting students’ self-esteem on the basis that everyone must be a winner, and being competitive is elitist and unfair, is now considered more important than telling them they have failed. As a result, the first time students face a high-risk, challenging examination where they are ranked against other students is in Year 12.

Fads such as whole-language, child-centred and discovery learning, open classrooms, and ­restricting education to what is immediately relevant and contemporary, dominate our schools. More effective strategies such as phonics and phonemic awareness and explicit whole-class teaching are condemned as obsolete.

Instead of an academically rigorous and challenging curriculum, subjects such as English, history, mathematics and science have been dumbed down as teachers are forced to teach through a politically correct prism involving Asian, indigenous and sustainability perspectives.

In addition to falling standards, too many students leave school culturally illiterate, knowing more about contemporary affairs and their local community than the ­literary classics, the history of Australia as a nation and the vital importance of Western civilisation and our Judeo-Christian heritage. And when Western civilisation and Australia’s evolution as a ­nation are taught, students are indoctrinated with a rainbow alliance of ideologies including Marxism, neo-Marxism, postmodernism, deconstruction and feminist, gender, queer and postcolonial theories.

In addition to the curriculum being feminised, thus disadvantaging boys, schools are also being pressured to give priority to radical gender and sexuality programs such as Safe Schools, which claim gender is fluid and limitless, and teach primary school children to self-identify as whatever gender they desire.

Schools are also suffering from a command-and-control approach to education where, instead of innovation, diversity and choice, they are strangled by red tape and an unresponsive and ­inflexible ­bureaucracy that imposes a one- size-fits-all regime.

Even though about 34 per cent of Australian students attend non-government schools (20 per cent Catholic and 14 per cent independent) and parents have every right to choose where their children are educated, political correctness is also undermining school choice. What is ignored is that Catholic and independent students achieve stronger educational outcomes compared with the majority of government schools — even after adjusting for students’ home background — thus improving Australia’s overall performance.

What is also ignored is that school choice is supported by international covenants and agreements and that non-government school parents, in addition to paying taxes for a system they don’t use, save taxpayers billions every year as their children require less government funding than state school students.

Notwithstanding the difficulties and challenges faced by our education systems, there is a way to raise standards and improve educational outcomes. State and territory curriculums, as well as the national curriculum, must be benchmarked against stronger-performing education systems to ensure they are the world’s best. Classroom teaching and learning should be based on sound research instead of intui­tion or the latest politically correct fad.

Instead of a cumbersome, ­bureaucratic and intrusive top- down approach where schools are overwhelmed and teachers ­become bean counters, governments must reduce the burden of red tape and the time-consuming accountability regime. The success of Catholic and independent schools with their greater freedom and flexibility relative to government schools proves it is also important to promote autonomy, diversity and choice in education where schools are better able to respond to the characteristics of their local communities.

Australia’s recent history of educational underperformance proves that what today passes as education is an abysmal failure. What Australia needs is a root-and-branch renewal in order to ensure future generations receive the educational experience they deserve. Central to this renewal is reaffirming a commitment to a liberal education — one based on the established disciplines that have evolved since the time of the ­ancient Greeks and Romans, and on wisdom, truth, virtue, objectivity and impartiality instead of ideology and politically correct fads.

School management and organisation, a balanced, rigorous curriculum and effective teaching practice must also be evaluated and developed in the light of evidence suggesting what is most effective, beneficial and worthwhile.

Kevin Donnelly is a senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University and author of How Political Correctness is Destroying Education (Wilkinson Publishing).
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PostSubject: Re: Education failure in Australia   Education failure in Australia EmptyThu 24 Jan 2019, 12:13 am

This is the FABIAN Socialists plan to dumb down Australia. This started more or less with Whitlam and was eagerly supported by Gillard.

The idea is pretty simple - if you indoctrinate vulnerable little kiddies then that stuff will influence their thinking for the rest of their lives.

So these aliens got into the education system and systematically replaced essential subjects like maths, english, geography, science, etc with useless Greeny propaganda trash so the kids learnt nothing and their lives were ruined as they entered the world as dumb uneducated zombies.

Of course a large part of the indoctrination was influencing them to vote for Socialism.
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PostSubject: Re: Education failure in Australia   Education failure in Australia EmptyThu 24 Jan 2019, 7:33 am

Even the High School English Teacher's can't spell!
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