College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Automation, Employment, and the Importance of Vocational Education
Returning from a trip abroad, Marc Tucker explains how Australia has successfully automated almost all of the jobs in its biggest industry and how Singapore has developed a basic education system and a vocational education and training system that will sustain its future economy and workforce.
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Immigration and Education
Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration is a distinguished labor economist - and personal friend - who long ago decided that education is perhaps the most important key to broadly shared prosperity in modern industrial economies. So he has spent a lot of his time over the last three decades working to understand what policies make for effective national education systems. More recently, he has turned his attention to national immigration policy. Some might see this as switching fields, but not Ray. As far as he is concerned, if the aim is broadly shared national prosperity, education policy and immigration policy are two sides of the same coin.
Assessment Opinion How Australia Developed a National Curriculum and Assessment System
An interview with Barry McGaw, the the Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, on how Australia developed a national curriculum and assessment system.
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Do Aussie Boys Need High School or College Degrees?
Some boys do fine with neither, this writer points out. Besides, women haven't been entirely successfully at translating their superior academic achievements into workforce achievements.
International Opinion The Significance of 'End of Men' Making Best-Of List
David Brooks names the best magazine essays of the year, and Hanna Rosin's Atlantic piece makes the short list.
Special Education Opinion Segregating Australian Boys
Interesting research out of Australia: boys sent to "special" schools at six times the rate of girls. Those schools are dubbed "a fast track to prison." I'd be surprised if the U.S. numbers would look any different. Check out the interesting charts in this article.