General education

Improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged young Australians

Anne Hampshire / 20 October 2016

It’s essential that we find scalable and cost-effective solutions that improve the educational attainment of disadvantaged children, like The Smith Family’s successful Learning for Life program.

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STEM education

The Grattan Institute is wrong. We need more science students, not fewer

Jillian Segal AM / 20 September 2016

The recommendation that Australia needs fewer science graduates is damaging. Science degrees provide skills that will be central to the jobs of the future and foster attributes vital in our future leaders.

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Indigenous education

Another month, another dispiriting report into Indigenous education

Sean Barrett / 01 August 2016

This Productivity Commission’s report on Indigenous Primary School Achievement concludes that very little progress has been made in literacy and numeracy achievement. But before we get too depressed by this, and other similar reports, we should focus on the bright spots, reflect on the work that is succeeding, and put our effort into scaling success, writes Sean Barrett from the Origin Foundation.

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STEM education

Where are all the girls?

Chelsea Hayward / 26 July 2016

Engineering stereotypes are putting girls off, but the industry needs more females otherwise innovation will be stifled, writes engineering graduate Chelsea Hayward.

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Building a stronger community sector

A decline in volunteering may signal positive change rather than apathy

Ruth Lee / 01 July 2016

Volunteering rates in Australia are declining for the first time in 20 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics General Social Survey. The majority of people feel too rushed or pressed for time to volunteer.

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Building a stronger community sector

Community double standards are holding back charities

Sean Barrett / 01 July 2016

Gone are the days when the not-for-profit sector could explain itself by saying: “We are good people doing good things”. Today more is expected of the sector. More in terms of performance. More in terms of social impact.

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