How Good is Australian  Education?

Ask anyone in charge of delivering education at any of the three-tiers, you will receive a standard response – that Australia is a world leader and sets the pace for other countries to follow. 

Although the general population believes the standard of education ranks high on the world stage, the disturbing reality is a gradual deterioration of Australian educational standards. 

All the while, Australians have gradually accepted diminishing opportunities for future economic advancement.

A report titled Innocenti Report Card 14 produced by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2017, ranked Australia 39 out of 41 high- and middle-income countries in achieving quality education. 

The report found that our country is falling behind in basic measures of teaching and learning. Romania and Turkey were ranked 40 and 41. 

Australian education still outranks Romania – but only just.

There has been a marked decline in real terms in the Australian education space in Australia, partly because education reform has not moved beyond funding-model debates.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reported in 2016 that the performance of Australian students had declined since 2000 and now lags behind students in many Asian countries. 

In maths, only the top 10 per cent of Australian students achieved the same level as 40-50 per cent of students in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The report identified five problem areas in Australian schools: declining maths and reading performance; a growing educational gap between rich and poor; large numbers of students below the expected standard for their year; one in five children starting school with developmental problems; and, low scoring students entering teaching courses.

Australia’s National Curriculum specifies three cross-curriculum priorities for primary and secondary education: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability. Teachers must integrate all three into the teaching of all subject areas. This requirement applies equally to mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Education has become the highest form of indoctrination with teachers forced to regurgitate information so their students can pass tests rather than become innovators and original thinkers. 

It is next to impossible for teachers to do otherwise. Currently, their performance ranking and thereby salary levels is determined by how their students perform on flawed standardised tests. Contrary to the repeated rhetoric, Governments direct schools and universities toward accountability, not the improvement of teaching and learning at the classroom level.

At a more fundamental level, the education (system) presumes students can absorb and understand increasingly more complex and difficult concepts and tasks, and neglects the prime importance of first ensuring they receive a solid grounding in observation, analysis, problem solving, and decision-making. 

Such presumptions are shifting towards preschool levels. There is no intellectual value in requiring young children to hold steadfast opinions about complex issues they are not ready to comprehend, let alone know anything about. 

Perhaps the real intention is to replace knowledge and understanding with indoctrination.

In short, the complexity and depth of understanding expected of schoolchildren is completely out of step with their innate learning needs and abilities. Memorising then repeating a fact is not the same as deriving its true meaning and applying the insight to another context.

Dig a little deeper and it is evident even more complex distinctions are rarely acknowledged: the gaps that divide education from learning and delivery from understanding; the organisation from the teacher and their students; the demands of management versus the needs of students; the intentions of saving costs versus making an investment for the future; and the agendas of government versus the real needs of society and the future. The list goes on, but the bigger picture should be apparent.

All these issues and shortcomings (plus far more) are producing a reverse effect. Instead of cultivating knowledgeable and innovative students, the education system is slowly but surely dumbing down its graduates. 

This is not due to a lack of ability or intelligence in students, but they cannot learn when they do not receive the opportunity to attain the skills to develop and test their own understandings.

The  only thing one needs to understand about the Australian Education system is  that students are no longer educated to think – at best, they learn enough to get  a job. Even worse, the education system is not about learning – it acts  to preserve itself. 

Enter the Age of  Anti-intellectualism

To be generous, Australian education is reasonably proficient in transmitting basic skills and competencies for enabling graduates to enter a vocation. 

There are of course employers who would argue about the degree of competency and expertise of the graduates that end up on their books. 

Employers know the distinction between a qualification and the skills required to complete a task.

There is also the much greater threat to society and the implications the well-hidden failures hold for the generations to follow. 

I refer to the increasing absence of proficiency displayed by graduates in the core skills of analysis, problem solving, and knowledge construction that are essential for cultivating and sustaining twenty-first century invention and innovation.

In 2018, cultivating a capacity for independent thought is no longer an educational priority

As practised today, Australian education stifles creativity and innovation. It is also inherently counterproductive to producing imaginative thinkers. Our education systems no longer produce imaginative, independent thinking people.

In his book Sleepers, Wake (1982) Barry Jones emphasises (yes, he was Labor): "Despite the exponential increases in public education and access to information in the past century, the quality of debate appears to have become increasingly unsophisticated, appealing to the lowest common denominator of understanding."

In short, there is a pervasive apathy and lack of interest in rationally understanding what is really occurring beneath the surface that is directly attributable to way the Australian (and other western countries) education system establish and teach curricula. Marxist inspired critical theory and its corrosive weapon for intellectual decay, critical thinking, will never accomplish such outcomes.

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stukric
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stukric

You wouldn’t have to look far to see who’s behind this plan to destroy.

snowgirl
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snowgirl

I’d be very surprised if he faces trial.

Shylock
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Shylock

West Bank

Shylock
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Shylock

Gaza?

Shylock
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Shylock

‘spose Russia doesn’t rate

Shylock
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Shylock

How many israelis have a favorable view of the USA.

Pablo
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Probably turned it into a housing project for the Sudanese to base their Army…..

Happy42
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Happy42

… but our boy Bill does not?

ejada
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ejada

For God’s sake? – or Wee-Willy-Billy’s sake? Originally unions worked hard to gain and maintain their legitimate member’s wages and conditions. Nowadays they want to dictate company tax schemes to force closed shop workforces and to run the country. On another stream Pelican is maintaining that the unions are controlled by – yes! – the Liberals. So we have the Liberals controlling the unions and the unions controlling Labor. If this is so (and I strongly doubt it) why are we bothered with polls and elections?

Pablo
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Another Aboriginal scam that will end up being a corruption haven……..They want to walk their Native land and experience it first hand….But only in an Air-conditioned fully optioned 4WD…..Bulk-buying to last longer The new scheme involves the council bulk-buying used vehicles from a dealership in Cairns. A screengrab from a promotional video from the ALC Motor Vehicle Royalty Scheme. Photo: Cars are bought in bulk from Cairns as part of the ALC Motor Vehicle Royalty Scheme (Facebook: Anindilyakwa Land Council) To ensure their longevity, the four-wheel-drives come with one year of registration plus four mechanical check-ups. The land council’s chairman… Read more »

Rule7.62
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Rule7.62

Hand it back to South Australia where it came from and they can look after it.

.IQ
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.IQ

I think they are going to fill the NT up with immigrants. I read something about it recently, I think Turnbull might have said it. New boss in now, but if that’s the agenda it will happen.

Ha, there’ll be no shortage of taxi drivers in the NT, 20 drivers for every 1 drivers licence.

pelican
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Scumo – another Aussie ‘ISrael First’ pollie shill

pelican
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pelican

if it wasnt for Israel the USA would not exist…

NathanA
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Inkblot’s anal tampon is starting to unravel.

Neenee
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Neenee

If New Zealand does sign the migration pact and cede part of their immigration control to a 3rd party, then that should automatically void the current Australia-New Zealand migration agreement which is a two-party agreement.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/109272941/government-decision-on-signing-united-nations-migration-pact-delayed-further

Neenee
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Neenee

Did 164 countries sign, or just signal approval by acclamation? If the latter how did they count the clapping hands?

Pablo
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Pablo

They may have also saved some cash if they didn’t have to keep rebuilding Don Dale Correctional facility and all the other facilities the Aboriginal community trash annually…..Take it out of the 37 Billion they get paid annually, that should help out a bit. ……

Pablo
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I thought they should have some cash, after selling Darwin Harbour and Millions of Hectares of land to the Chinese….

Pablo
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Pablo

The only ones making money in the NT are the Indigenous mobs extorting money from the Miners and Government at record rates……

pelican
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yes I did watch it 🙂

pelican
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Rad..yep

pelican
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yes rin..just an embarrassing joke….the special paint job is nothing more than lipstick on a pig

pelican
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apparently the deal is yet to be ratified…expect the ALP to shut it down after the election

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact

General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon.

https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/12/macron-accused-of-treason-by-french-generals-for-signing-un-migration-pact/?fbclid=IwAR3ehsXo_wtEpoC0BmMQtDxsAK71FT5jKAawvfeIwklYYf3M1TwXs3Q4rU8#.XBQg9ukKkH0.twitter

aggie
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aggie

Inky. OK, then hows about a Right wing country.
How long before you would start moaning and groaning.

aggie
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aggie

new post.

pelican
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pelican

lol rin..Pomparse Pompeo..what a clown…and those F35 jokes..oh guess who just bought 70!! of the useless things?!!.yes the Zio Australian Government – because ISrael told them to…the USA is just an international embarrassment – you get the impression they want to kill everybody…oh wait, THAT actually does sound like one group- they arent in charge of the JewSA by any chance?

johnsamson
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johnsamson

The world is already corrupt, idiots.

johnsamson
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johnsamson

Because it’s a woman. Good riddance.

Pablo
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Pablo

due for new post.

johnsamson
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johnsamson

They’d go from candles to caves to cannibalism…

Tosir
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Tosir

The Bible says its called Jerusalem not West Jerusalem. Scomo weak as wee wee !

Knuckles
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Knuckles

May harboured the thought that Junker was her friend. All he was trying to do was screw Her and her Country and May has almost capitulated. The UK needs a leader who is not going to kowtow to the European Council and get Brexit back on track. May is not that leader.

bagman
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bagman

I need a compass as well I walked into one of these scrubby places found it okay and on return I came out and hit the fence line about one kilometer from my car ,must be getting old, I new their was a real old dam in their from back in the fifties and collected a few sample rocks the geologist from Pathfinder Exploration I sent them to want to inspect my site after seeing the stones , Just waiting on his results ,things are starting to move

pelican
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pelican

Scumo Libs find new issue to distract…Scumo demands inquiry into whether the English Alphabet has too many letters…..then Scumo wants the word Alpha taken out of Alphabet because it hints at being sexist and promoting Alpha white males (who Scumo regards as terrorists)…Scumo then wants to know why its called the ‘English’ Aphabet, and whether Jesus would approve of this White bias in letters….Scumo appoints Sarah SeaPatrol to invent new Australia letter Neutralbet….Ok OK, but its bound to happen sooner or later with these fkwits

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

When will we see “Yellow Jackets” in the streets of Australia?

pelican
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pelican

hmmm and that tribe being…ahem

pelican
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pelican

dont believe we are in a Zio Gulag..headlines this morning on Molochs The Australian ‘PM Locks in West Jerusalem shift’… two things…1. No he didnt…and 2 who actually cares?…there’s only one group who does..and they wrote the headline….it is beyond outrageous……does anyone know where the Australian Embassy is in Japan – or care?

noucg
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noucg

if he survived the ”holocaust ” then he wasnt in it

noucg
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noucg

after they pushed enough money in front of him his tune changed, and then was living on a huge estate with servants, there is no way he could afford on his Politician salary ,half his speeches were made by an impersonator as he was too drunk to do them himself

noucg
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noucg

even if he was a effing crook responsible for millions of deaths that could have been avoided

noucg
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noucg

well they better compensate the family with 6 Million dollars from the Taxpayer ,then pay the family 60 ,000 dollars a year for the next 70 years

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