Middle-class families in NSW were early adopters and supporters of public high schools.
Over the last 150 years, NSW has responded to the demand for public secondary schooling differently from the rest of Australia.
Gladys Berejiklian has said a new selective school will provide another local option.
Selective schools aim to give all gifted students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, opportunities they may not have had otherwise. But that's not what's actually happening.
Actress Felicity Huffman was one of the celebrities involved in the recent US college admissions scandal.
Caregivers using privilege to buy their children's way into, and through, education is not a Hollywood anomaly, nor the domain of elites. The middle class have been doing it in Australia for decades.
In the 1960s and 70s selective schools were seen to be old fashioned and elitist.
Selective schools have never operated in isolation from broader historical forces — including Australia’s connected histories of racial exclusion and immigration.
How accessible really are selective schools?
Analysis of MySchool data shows that selective public schools are selecting fewer students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, thus worsening inequality in the school system.
Syrian refugees at a UNICEF school in Jordan.
Immigrant pupils do not cause a decline in education standards, according to a new OECD report.
Where are they now?
Inequality and its rise across many developed societies poses threats of alienation and marginalisation and has been a feature of numbers of recent publications. Now research led by Simon Burgess at the…
Punching a hole through privilege.
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England’s 164 state grammar schools form a distinctive but controversial part of the nation’s education system. These schools are distinctive in terms of their high levels of performance – one consequence…