The power of strong foundations

Hannah Barber / 28 June 2017

It’s hard to escape a week at the office or even a dinner party conversation where the topic of education isn’t mentioned (typically just before the subject of house prices). There are numerous discussions about the merits of NAPLAN testing, whether or not you give a Gonski, the cost of tertiary education and of course, the never-ending debate around public verses private education. However, there appears to be one thing that is missing from these discussions, and that is the importance of quality early childhood education.

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Postcodes should not impede the dreams of young people

Wendy Cohen / 20 June 2017

The overwhelming financial cost of participation in higher education or training of choice is the most pressing challenge facing rural and regional students. Not only because of the immediate obstacle it creates but also because, over time, it really does lead to the formation of almost intractable social and cultural barriers, across multiple generations.

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STEM education

With education the sky's the limit

Chris Lowe / 19 December 2016

Chris Lowe is playing a pivotal role in the uptake of unmanned aviation by the Australian Defence Force. The recipient of an Origin Foundation John Monash Scholarship says education has been the key to unlocking a world of opportunuity, in a journey that started in rural Tasmania and led to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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General education

How can schools really be helped?

Chris Bonnor AM / 01 December 2016

There is a great diversity of young people in our schools and they often learn in different ways. We need to serve them all – but we don’t. Only about a third of students are succeeding in mainstream schooling. Another third learn how to play the game, but the remaining third aren’t responding to the way we do school. In losing them we incur big personal costs and huge social and economic costs.

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STEM education

Hold on tight and enjoy the STEM ride

Emma Howard / 30 November 2016

The path that young people follow when they leave high school is often fraught with uncertainty and confusion. I pushed on with maths not knowing where I was heading. I avoided the question of what I wanted to do with my life, and how I could contribute to society. Now I’m starting a PhD at Oxford, funded by the Origin Foundation John Monash Scholarship. If you work hard and learn some skills, you’ll be surprised by where you can go.

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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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