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Education

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A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS's focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.

The CIS is also involved in examining higher education and offers alternatives to the current Australian model.

Publications

  1. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  2. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  3. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  4. The Right to the Good Life: Improving Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

    Marcia Langton | 01 Oct 2013 | Occasional Papers

    Indigenous students should be treated not as incommensurately different but like all other students who are required to become... Read More...

  5. FEATURE: Why Jaydon Can’t Read: The Triumph of Ideology over Evidence in Teaching Reading

    Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall, Robyn Beaman-Wheldall | 01 Oct 2013 | POLICY Magazine

    The current entrenched rate of illiteracy among Australian children is unnecessary and avoidable.

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. The myth of NAPLAN stress

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Mar 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Schools should be scrutinised, and parents should be aware of the test results. NAPLAN tests are not the 'high stakes' tests ... Read More

  2. First, let’s teach our children how to read and count

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 01 Mar 2014 | The Australian

    The debate on a new national curriculum is generating a lot of heat but much less light.  ... Read More

  3. Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

    Peter Kurti | 28 Feb 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    We have a duty to teach our children about religion so they will be better equipped to respond when religion turns bad.... Read More

  4. Gonski: School funding deal still needs much work so let's get down to it

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Dec 2013 | The Canberra Times

    The new school funding model, often incorrectly referred to as the ''Gonski'' model, is far from ideal and needs to be revised.... Read More

  5. Don’t panic about PISA

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Dec 2013 | The Drum

    Simple country comparisons on a single assessment, no matter how good it might be, provide little guidance for education ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Curriculum and teacher education review: a necessary evil

    Jennifer Buckingham | 28 Feb 2014

    Ideally, we would be to have no national curriculum since such a beast will always be politicised and biased, but at the ...

  2. Does PISA mean we should give a Gonski?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Dec 2013

    The latest PISA report showed Australia’s international ranking had dropped, which was widely interpreted as a sign of ...

  3. Gonski funding model lost in translation

    Jennifer Buckingham | 29 Nov 2013

    The Gonksi model’s simple features and its neutral approach to funding schools in different sectors were lost in the translation ...

  4. Why Jaydon can't read

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Oct 2013

    Literacy policy has been routinely undermined by policy makers ignoring evidence of what works when teaching kids to read....

  5. Voluntary student unionism

    Andrew Baker | 27 Sep 2013

    The fight for VSU and against compulsory up-front fees at universities is justified to reduce costs and give students more ...

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