Australia

Teaching Profession Opinion Accountability: What the Top Performers Do
Marc Tucker continues the discussion on accountability and describes how the top-performing education systems use assessments and the results to help students and schools improve.
Marc Tucker, March 14, 2014
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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.
Marc Tucker, November 13, 2012
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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.
Marc Tucker, October 4, 2012
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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.
Marc Tucker, April 5, 2012
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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.
Richard Whitmire, July 29, 2011
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International Opinion Schools News from Australia
The Australians are way ahead of the U.S. in confronting the school gender gaps, but no closer to solving the dilemma.
Richard Whitmire, May 1, 2011
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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.
Richard Whitmire, December 24, 2010
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Attention Principals: Want a Winning Strategy?
Mimic what this Australian high school did: boost the reading and writing skills of boys, and you're guaranteed to raise the academic standard of the entire school. It's amazing so few U.S. schools have figured this out.
Richard Whitmire, December 15, 2010
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International Opinion Australians Lead the Way
How often do you hear that, unless it has something to do with barbies (no, not the doll) or 'roos' or rugby? I visited Australia while researching Why Boys Fail. Great country, and I'm not just talking about the beer.
Richard Whitmire, December 9, 2010
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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.
Richard Whitmire, September 10, 2010
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International Opinion The Australian Perspective
The most valuable discussion about gender gaps continues to arise from Australia. Here's a discussion from the Sydney Morning Herald that includes some valuable research links.
Richard Whitmire, March 29, 2010
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International Collection Focus On: World Learning
Education Week's archival World Learning coverage examined schooling trends and developments around the world.
October 8, 2004