Alan Reid The release of international test scores last week unleashed a wave of commentary.
Michael Kirby It is time for Australians to rediscover the original ideals and optimism of public education. Because of pressure groups and wedge politics, the grand objectives have been forgotten or frustrated of...
Nicholas Gruen There's plenty wrong with gross domestic product as a measure of national wellbeing. As Bobby Kennedy said, it measures everything in life except what's most important.
Heckler I HAVE drafted this missive many times, each time trying to form my anger into some kind of coherent shape. I have tried to be witty; I have tried to be even-handed; I have tried to be analytical.
ALL this squabbling over education funding has got me thinking: what if we could afford to maintain current levels of private education funding while increasing the funding allocated to government...
Ken Boston After 10 years in England, it is good to see the progress made in the inclusion of vocational curriculum in school education in NSW.
The Loaded Dog
Ethics classes are available for children who opt out of scripture. But should ethics become part of the primary curriculum? How can the curriculum be made more flexible?
Mark Stevenson One of the Carlton greats, Greg Williams, has memory loss. He won't be alone.
Elizabeth Farrelly I have been painting my back fence. Not rust prevention; pictures. Figuration for the new year. It's a stupid thing to do. The work is slow and paint is costly.
Nicholas Reece Australia's leaders need to boldly intervene to improve public health.
Now that the election has been called, what do Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott have to do to win your vote? What is the most important national issue in your household?
Sarah Rainey Childlessness is on the rise. But why does it bother so many people?
Richard Glover The history of beverages is full of unintended consequences.
Craig Fry Last week we did indeed witness the blackest day in Australian sport. But the low point was the public reaction to this latest drugs-in-sport story, not the apparent truth of the matter.
Lucas Walsh Last week we saw another high-profile incident of racism, this time involving ABC journalist Jeremy Fernandez, who allegedly received a tirade of defamatory and racist abuse from a Caucasian woman...
Mark Joseph Stern An Australian creationist believes Charles Darwin is to blame for drug abuse and pornography, and that people rode dinosaurs.
Joumanah El Matrah
Joumanah El Matrah Allowing religious organisations to discriminate undermines the true meaning of faith.
Elisabeth Betz 'Mobs tearing up Logan. Did any of them do a day's work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?'' the Coalition's indigenous health spokesman, Andrew Laming, tweeted in response to...
Sandie de Wolf
Sandie de Wolf Accusing women of neglecting children ignores the role that men play in violent homes.
AFTER dragging myself to the finishing line, I have finally completed my diploma in education at a university in Sydney.