The avalanche

Filling the pail

I subscribe to an electronic newsletter known as The Educator Australia. It’s pretty good for news stories and the release of new government policy papers or think-tank reports. However, one popular type of article is less welcome in my inbox. These are the breathless puff pieces heralding the coming revolution in education.

On the 20th March, we read about a school’s new ‘future-focused’ learning centre, complete with an ‘imaginarium’ and a ‘learning pit’ (which oddly sounds like it could be part of a particularly draconian discipline policy). According to the principal, “This new facility is supporting the way we’re changing our approach to learning which is enquiry-based rather than content-based teaching.”

On the 26th March, we read of a principal claiming that the industrial model for education is over and, “School leaders are in a challenging situation as they deal with the final breathes of the HSC [the public…

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