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Oprah Winfrey’s academy for girls in South Africa is well-resourced and produces good results. These factors mean it is in the minority. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Private vs public schools: it’s not a simple numbers game

Parents want to know how much they need to spend to secure a good education - and job prospects - for their children. But is it as simple as balancing your own books and ignoring the bigger picture?
Both parties are making key election promises about education, but they’re not promising the right things. AAP

Victorian election: on education, the parties’ priorities are muddled

The Victorian Labor opposition’s recent promise to change the state’s licence plates to “Victoria: the education state” is emblematic of the way both Labor and the Napthine Coalition government have made…
Private school, public results. Pimnana_01

Markets alone don’t raise standards in private schools

As the coalition government’s free schools continue to stir heated debate, the problem of how to maintain and raise standards and quality is front and centre. To tackle it, MPs have been looking more and…
What do Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe have in common with many other leading cultural figures? Both went to elite schools. AAP/Jane Dempster

The pathway to cultural leadership is still through education

The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Ken Gelder ponders whether the school you went to influences your path to cultural…
Beautiful, but is it biased? Kamyar Adl

Hard Evidence: is Oxford biased against state students?

It’s autumn, and a new batch of students are starting university. Some are walking through the ancient gates of an Oxbridge college. Others are joining a redbrick university like Manchester or Bristol…

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