Education minister Dan Tehan said the PISA results were ‘dismal’.
PISA tests only three subjects that aren't representative of an entire education system. Meanwhile, the test conditions are different across countries and comparisons are fraught.
China is fast becoming a middle-class nation.
Parents in Shanghai are aiming for their children to adopt Western style values – like self-discovery.
The electromagnetic spectrum we can access with current technologies is completely occupied. This means experts have to think of creative ways to meet our rocketing demands for data.
Free space optical communication will allow the same connectivity in space we already have on Earth. And this will provide benefits across a number of sectors.
A lot of people may think a guide dog tells a person when they can cross the road. But this is not actually true.
As part of their training, a guide dog will practise getting around some of the most common places the person they will guide needs to go.
The Adelaide Desalination Plant will be cranked up to full capacity to free up 100 gigalitres of water from the River Murray for use by farmers.
The Australian government is effectively spending A$95 million so it can sell water to farmers for A$10 million.
There is no clear evidence guns make police safer, but officers feel safer with firearms at their disposal.
There's no going back to the days when police did not carry guns. But now that they have them, their training must be unremitting. Australian lives depend on it.
Australia’s disability royal commission looked focused on the education system this week.
Thousands of Australian students are disengaged from school and leave early. Governments have provided alternative learning options for these students, but are these having unintended consequences?
All the indicators from climate science is that rain in many areas will be even more unreliable in the future.
The question in drought relief is this: do we want more or fewer people to be involved in a farming activity that is vulnerable to drought?
Andrew Hastie said the broad objectives of the identity-matching system were sound, but key changes were needed to ensure privacy and transparency.
Human rights groups say the bill is an attempt to introduce mass surveillance to Australia and an egregious breach of individual privacy.
A short story cycle is a hybrid of a novel and short story collection.
Short story cycles can satisfying a reader's need for deeper engagement and Rebekah Clarkson's Barking Dog is a great example.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison chats to farmer David Gooding on his drought-affected property near Dalby, Queensland on Friday.
The government's Future Drought Fund flies in the face of years of work classifying drought as to be expected rather than a disaster.
Prototype’s first season of experimental films took video art off the gallery wall and placed it in your smart phone.
Prototype is a new 12-part series of Australian video art, designed to bring the genre out of the gallery and onto the smartphone.
The general idea of personalised learning is where teachers help students understand key concepts through individualised learning and group work.
Many rely on David Gonski's ideas to shape the future of education policy. But his recommendation of personalised learning is a scripted, rigid version of education that will take us backwards.
The Grand Final isn’t just about the players – it’s about the crowd, too.
The AFL Grand Final is more than a physical contest between professional athletes: it is a day we collectively make meaning, and create culture.
Whether or not the petitioners are successful, the mere act of filing the complaint has already brought the matter into the public eye.
A group including a young Sami reindeer herder, a member of the Indigenous Yupiaq tribe, and Greta Thunberg are filing a complaint to the UN.
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates.
National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
The Biloela Tamil family will be able to remain in Australia until the asylum claim for the youngest daughter is properly assessed.
Of the original 31,000 refugees in the 'fast-track' visa caseload, nearly 8,200 are yet to have their applications processed. As a result, their lives remain in limbo.
This is the first study to link a vegetarian diet to an increased risk of stroke. But the evidence isn’t strong enough to cause alarm.
A new study has found a vegetarian diet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, but linked to an increased risk of stroke. This is how we should – and shouldn't – interpret the results.
It’s estimated up to 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years of graduating.
If we don’t find ways to keep new teachers in schools then we face a teacher shortage, larger class sizes and more people teaching outside their field of expertise.
Show Works, based in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, makes dance floors, dance equipment and theatre scenery.
Andrew Warren, used with permission
Rezoning to mixed-use residential development drove small manufacturers and creative producers out of the inner city. The result is less diversity of land uses, jobs and services where we most want it.