Friday 19th of December 2014

educashun standards to go down under liberal (CONservative) style or the destruction of the fair gonski reform...

DONNELLY

For those who measure a teacher's week by time spent in the classroom the TALIS report provides a more balanced account. Australian teachers, on average, work 43 hours a week, 5 more than the TALIS average, with 19 hours teaching, seven hours planning and five hours marking.

Add the time spent on interviews and communicating with parents, staff meetings, yard duty, report writing, recording and monitoring related to performance reviews and it is understandable why many teachers complain there are not enough hours in the week.

Given the move in Australia towards more autonomy for schools, especially government schools, it is significant that the TALIS report suggests, notwithstanding the variation across counties, that "a general reading of the research seems to show that greater levels of autonomy for schools would also improve learning outcomes".

The report also suggests that when schools embrace a collaborative model of management where school leaders involve others in decision-making teachers have a greater sense of confidence and self-respect and job satisfaction.

Dr Kevin Donnelly is Director of Education Standards Institute and author of the recently released Australia's Education Revolution: How Kevin Rudd Won and Lost the Education Wars (Connor Court Publishing). Donnelly taught for 18 years in government and non-government schools and was a branch president of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association. In 2004 he was chief-of-staff to Liberal Party Minister Kevin Andrews.

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I believe Donelly is trying to open doors that are already opened... We all know that teachers work harder than it looks... Even myself being retired there is never enough hours in the week to do what I want to achieve though I work at twice the speed than before the invention of the computer. But the little bomb posted by Donelly here is the mention of "the move in Australia towards more autonomy for schools, especially government schools"... Hello? That is the first time I have heard of this caper... though I must say I haven't paid much attention to this aspect of public educashun which is strongly fighting against the yet again reforms from the Libs (CONservatives)... But the most insidious factor here is that Donelly speaks of encouraging better teachers, when we know some good teachers are unemployed and that the Federal government is passing the buck to the states, though it is pushing for chaplains in public schools. 

Job satisfaction? I believe most teachers would have better job satisfaction should the Gonski reforms go ahead.

 

 

february 3rd 2014...

 

Launch of the Australian Government’s Independent Public Schools initiative

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Monday 3 February 2014TranscriptThe Hon Christopher Pyne MP
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House

MICHAEL PHILLIPS (PRINCIPAL): Good morning everyone. Welcome to Ringwood Secondary College.

This morning it’s my pleasure to welcome the Minister, Federal Minister for Education Mr Christopher Pyne and the State Minister for Education Mr Martin Dixon to Ringwood Secondary College. And of course our Local Federal Member Mr Michael Sukkar.

It’s a pleasure to have you all here in what’s a really important year for Ringwood Secondary College as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

The Minister has decided to join Mr Sukkar in the electorate of Deakin for an announcement this morning, which we have the pleasure of hosting. So without any further ado I would now like to hand over to Mr Pyne. Thank you.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE: Well thank you very much Michael. It’s very kind of you to host us here at Ringwood Secondary College here in Melbourne.

I’m very pleased to be joined by my Parliamentary Secretary Senator Scott Ryan and most particularly by the State Minister for Education Martin Dixon and my parliamentary colleague Michael Sukkar the Member for Deakin.

Today is a great start to the year from the Federal Government’s point of view in education because we are today announcing our initiative for independent public schools.

Before the election we promised we would have a focus on teacher quality, principal autonomy, a robust curriculum and more parental engagement.

 

Gus: So what is a robust curriculum? a piece of fourbetwo?

 

less money for more toil...

EVERYONE is excited about greater autonomy for public schools, so why am I uneasy? After all, there is much to like. Linking teachers' pay to professional standards is sensible. We also need to simplify school finances and fund schools on need - and no one can argue against incentives to teach in disadvantaged areas. Parents will support local management, especially over teacher hire and fire. Principals seem to like the idea.


But the case for more school autonomy is overplayed to the hilt. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says it "tends" to be associated with high school performance. But it has a small impact and there is no significant link between autonomy and student achievement in Australia. Good teaching and learning is what matters - and it can be found and improved in schools of any type in any system.


So why are we pouring so much energy into something that isn't significant? Because regardless of the evidence, it is good politics and the downsides are well down the track, certainly way beyond the term of any government.


These downsides are well documented. Yes, a more autonomous school system can mask real cuts in education funding.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/the-question/will-local--autonomy--improve--public-schools-20120316-1vae6.html#ixzz367WQD08v

the school of sadism...

The head of the Abbott government's national curriculum review has backed the use of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined children in schools if it is supported by the local school community.

Kevin Donnelly, co-chair of the national curriculum review and a widely published commentator on educational issues, said on Tuesday that corporal punishment was effective during his childhood and still has some merit.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/head-of-curriculum-review-kevin-donnelly-says-corporal-punishment-in-schools-was-very-effective-20140715-3bz7p.html#ixzz37X8WqS4G
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There is no two ways about it that corporal punishment can work in some cases, but it is my experience that it is hard to know if it's going to work or not. Corporate punishment is a major step towards teaching sadism and lying technique to the inner psychopath-self... I often wonder if for example Tony Abbott was not a victim of such punishment as canning but became a clever avoider of being punished by simple lying and blaming someone else or rat on his mates...
During my years of schooling, in the early days of slate and scribers, some pupils were being targeted and "victimised". Some teachers had their pet hate who always got flogged no natter if they did a bad deed or not. One had to find ways to go around evidence to avoid being flogged. 
The belief that this shapes character is idiotic.
The only thing, corporal punishment did was to teach and reinforce the hate of the pupils towards their teachers. Donnelly and his acolyte are mistaken. Too many Ill-disciplined children who are being treated with corporal punishment end up being bullies and sadists. 
Yes, these two dorks, Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire, show they are sadistic remnants from the 19th century by even making the suggestion.

donnelly should be smacked on the bottom...

The Australian Education Union has criticised comments on corporal punishment made by the head of the Federal Government's education review.

In a radio interview yesterday, review head Kevin Donnelly suggested he was not opposed to corporal punishment where it was supported by the school community and was "done properly".

He added that he was only aware of one or two schools in Australia using corporal punishment, and that it was only used rarely in those cases.

The federal president of the Australian Education Union, Angelo Gavrielatos, has slammed Dr Donnelly's views as out of touch.

"These are extreme views which have no place in Australian contemporary schooling, they are from an era of the far distant past," Mr Gavrielatos said.

"This is a person who was conducting a review on behalf of the Government to examine whether the curriculum is balanced.

"These comments are not appropriate.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-16/kevin-donnelly-slammed-over-corporal-punishment-comments/5600408

the crutch of god makes us forget our humanity...

 

From Kevin Donnelly...

As a Catholic, it was only natural that I turned to prayer in the hope of finding some solace and comfort and a sense that all was not lost after losing a son. Prayer signifies a sense of giving oneself up to something higher and acknowledging that to be mortal is to experience suffering and pain.

As stated by the English mystic Julian of Norwich: "Prayer is a new, gracious, lasting will of the soul united and fast-bound to the will of God by the precious and mysterious working of the Holy Ghost."

Prayer, in its simplest form, is also a remedy for hubris and being narcissistic. A much needed tonic in a society where celebrity culture rules, ambition and ego prevail and the ability to find solace and calm is increasingly lost.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-16/donnelly-the-power-of-prayer-isnt-lost-in-the-modern-age/5816138

Far from me to stop Kevin Donnelly in believing in the big bearded man in the sky... It's his right. But I would suggest that he should keep his own counsel. If a prayer works for him by taming his angst, so be it, but like all other religious luminaries, he should stop the proselytisation and the rain dance.

In my view, it's unhealthy for a grown man to still believe in fairies. Of course when one experiences trauma and an ensuing "black dog", the easiest solution is to go into delusion. The god delusion is a good placebo. And there is nothing wrong with that, so one does not stay too depressed too long. But holding to the prop longer than necessary is a bit like an athlete going on the football field wearing crutches... The idea of god robs us of our humanity.

And this fellow, Donnelly, is in charge of the new Australian education curriculum, which has been received to great acclaim apparently, except by Gus who for whatever reason can smell sulphur in the absence of "details"...

Prayer IS hubris and narcissism. Telling ourselves that we are god's creatures is very much narcissistic and full of inflated hubris... When we know about the reality of evolution, this rigmarole should have stopped a long time ago especially for intelligent men. Other philosophical avenues are available to stop the "black dog".