Reporting to parents in NSW
The New South Wales Department of Education and Training has issued a bulletin to schools with updated information regarding the State's policy on reporting to parents.
The 2006 Victorian budget for school education is outlined in Ministerial media releases 30 May 2006. They detail spending on general school education, literacy and trade skills.
Northern Territory loses unspent $200,000 for Indigenous education
The Australian Government has reallocated $200,000 that was assigned to the Northern Territory Government for spending on Indigenous education programs last year. The Northern Territory branch of the Australian Education Union has called for an inquiry ‘to uncover the shortfalls in service delivery as a result of the underspend’, according to the Centralian Advocate: see ‘NT education loses unspent $200,000’, 30 May 2006, p 5.
Minister backs call to end Indigenous culture lessons
Australian Government Minister of Education and Training, Julie Bishop, has expressed sympathy with a proposal to remove Indigenous culture from the school curriculum. A report written by Gary Johns, and commissioned and released by the Menzies Research Centre, argues that teaching Aboriginal culture prevents Aboriginal children from progressing in their education. The report also urges governments to close schools in remote communities if they are not considered economically viable. The report suggests states that ‘Western education cannot and should not preserve Aboriginal culture … Too often, educators continue to defer to Aboriginal culture without recognising that Aboriginal culture is the problem … Can a welfare culture that has no work ethic be in a position to prepare its children for school?’ The Minister has said she will consider using the report to frame policy. See article in The Age, 30 May 2006. See also the response from Tasmanian Education Minister David Bartlett in Ministerial media release, 1 June 2006.
Principal defends WA curriculum amid ongoing debate
The Australian and The West Australian newspapers have continued a series of articles sharply critical of the proposed Outcomes Based Education curriculum in
Australian Government ministers challenge preschool over 'gay friendly' books
A preschool centre run by Marrackville Council in
Adapting to 'Net Generation'