Report asserts fall in teacher aptitude levels
The academic aptitude of new teachers has fallen over the past two decades, according to the new report How and Why has Teacher Quality Changed in Australia? The report, by economists Dr Andrew Leigh and Dr Chris Ryan at the
Strong demand for teaching course from high-scoring school leavers, says Sydney Uni
A survey conducted by Sydney University's education faculty shows that more than half its new students had chosen to study teaching despite having the marks to study engineering, arts, science or medicine. See report in The Australian, 29 August 2006.
Changes to Tasmanian curriculum
The Tasmanian Education Minister David Bartlett has announced changes to the State's curriculum. From 2008, the current 18 key elements of the curriculum will be replaced by seven renamed curriculum areas. Primary students will be assessed against State standards in the areas of English/Literacy, Mathematics/Numeracy, Science and Technology and Society and History. Secondary students will be assessed in the areas of English/Literacy, Mathematics/Numeracy, Science and Technology, Society and History, and Arts. See Ministerial media release, 29 August 2006.
Principal queries tertiary entrance scoring system in Queensland
Queensland's OP (overall-position) system of tertiary entrance for Year 12 students has been questioned by Stephen Paul, head of John Paul College and one of the State's most experienced secondary principals. See report in the Courier Mail, 30 August 2006.
Financial incentives for new maths and science teachers in Tasmania
Tasmanian Education Minister David Bartlett has announced the State Government will provide further employment incentives to maths and science graduates by offering permanent teaching positions with advanced placement on the teacher salary scale. Maths and science graduates will be offered permanent jobs worth up to $60,000 straight from university and have access to scholarships that pay off their entire HECS debt from next year. See Ministerial media release, 30 August 2006.
Pope 'prepares to embrace intelligent design'
A meeting of intellectuals close to Pope Benedict is to discuss a potential shift in the Vatican's view of evolution. The Pope raised the issue in the inaugural sermon of his pontificate, in which he stated that humans 'are not the accidental product, without meaning, of evolution'. See article in The Guardian, 27 August 2006.
Repeating school has no benefit: study
Making a student repeat a level at school has no benefit and in fact may do more harm, according to a new study by Dr Helen McGrath of