Gillard vs Premiers & Universities
So Julia Gillard has unveiled yet another grand plan, and this time on her chosen ground of education. And obviously the vast increases in spending on schools and students, and particularly the most disadvantaged, should be a vote winner. But as usual, the communication has been flawed, and in the process she has picked two new fights: one with the premiers and one with the universities.
What it takes to shift class in Australia
The secret life of them
Tina Huang, 15, is what the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development classifies as a “gifted” child. The Year 9 student is undertaking the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) program at Box Hill High School. Running in 36 government schools throughout the state, the program was designed to stem the flow of talented students from public to privat
Students getting into the groove
Notes from a Small Town
In the music room of Trafalgar Primary School, a Grade 1 boy on the drums has the straight-faced insouciance of an old pro, his shoulders bobbing with the rhythm. Second-graders take keyboards and bass, a third-grader the guitar. They’re accompanying a pair of vocalists from Grade 4, trilling Fleetwood Mac’s ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’. Their teacher, the tall, heavy-set Mr Smith, jams alongside them. In long shorts, a checked shi