At the heart of accusations of a crowded curriculum are concerns key areas — such as literacy and numeracy — will be compromised by an insidious creep towards content such as gender issues.
Tehan will outline some ideas for re-engaging with China at his first press conference this week. The business community will be watching closely.
The most important changes in Scott Morrison’s limited reshuffle are centred on two vital and controversial issues that will severely test the government in coming months.
The government will inject a further $1 billion into aged care, most of it for home care packages, in Thursday’s budget update.
The Education Minister Dan Tehan has said research shows mobile phone bans have a positive effect on academic performance. But this is not necessarily true.
Now that Dan Tehan has steered the package through the parliament, the government and higher education sector will have to live with the consequences.
Three key policy errors in the legislation mean the Morrison government is unlikely to achieve the stated goals of its package.
Demand is high for teachers with expertise in STEM subjects like maths. But students also deserve expert English, history, civics or geography teachers. Maybe your favourite teacher did an arts degree.
Professor Barney Glover on the bleak years ahead for higher education
Michelle Grattan discusses the higher-education sector with Professor Barney Glover
The Nationals are demanding major changes to the government’s controversial planned new regime of higher education fees, declaring they would disadvantage regional communities and students.
Universities have financial resources — property, bequests and philanthropic funds, and access to lines of credit — they can access rather than forcing staff to sacrifice their jobs.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stands next to a photograph of Sir Robert Menzies.
Developments in the 80s set the parameters for much of the political discourse around the humanities since.
The reduced rate of funding to universities (of up to 17%), per place, for national priority courses sends perverse messages to universities.
The government has more than doubled the cost of humanities degrees to encourage ‘job-ready’ graduates. But on what evidence?
The government’s higher education changes appear driven by three factors.
The education minister has outlined reforms to higher education funding aimed at producing ‘job ready graduates’. But his announcements don’t seem completely in line with the data.
The government has announced childcare will return to the mean-tested system that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The government’s emergency relief package for childcare centres has kept many from collapsing financially due to COVID-19. The transition to other arrangements must be slow and carefully managed.
Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher (remotely) about the week in politics.
Scott Morrison was on the ball – and quickly on the phone. Hardly had education minister Dan Tehan finished giving Victorian premier Daniel Andrews a bollocking on the ABC’s Insiders than he received a…
What to do about the schools is set to return centre stage when the national cabinet later this week discusses the next steps in managing the coronavirus – specifically, the first stages of the way to “the other side”.