This second Industry paper considers what Pasi Sahlberg (2012) has called the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) which has changed the nature of the educational landscape across Australia to the cost of young people and the community at large. The fundamental aspects of GERM are Competition, Standardisation, School Choice and Test-Based Accountability which run parallel to what has been described as a diminishing of the public purposes of schooling (Reid, 2019). To date, our politicians, educational bureaucrats and policy makers rarely question how GERM policy and practice is impacting our schools, our teachers and our students. Rather, they are turning the GERM screws tighter to better serve the needs of a systems obsession with numerical measurement. With the GERM in play, this report seeks to answer two fundamental SA Public Education questions:
Two Key Questions
How did we catch the GERM?
[considering the antecedents to the Education Department’s pursuit of becoming a World Class Education System by 2028].
Discussed in Section 1.
What can the Education Department, Principals and teachers do differently to enable better schooling outcomes for all young people?
Discussed in Section 2.
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Andrew Bills and Nigel Howard have been working all of their careers pondering the question: Who’s in, Who’s Out and taking steps in schools and in policy terms to do something about it. They both share a background in special education and inclusive school innovation within public mainstream school settings, struggling to affirm the right of all to access, participation and success in schooling. This report seeks to explain and open these issues as they present across SA public education in current times.
- policy analysis
- education systems
- Educational leadership