UNISA’s Professor Alan Reid is right to point out the dangers in the Gonski blueprint to overhaul our nation’s schools ( The Advertiser, 2/6/18). The Gonski approach to education is turning out to be a mixed blessing indeed.
Gonski got it right on needs-based funding for schools. But his individualised learning idea is a double-edged sword. As a broad ideal it’s fine. But conceived and applied robotically, as Prof Reid indicates, would have strong negative effects on learning and teaching in our schools and we must rethink that approach accordingly. NAME AND ADDRESS
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This Department only believed education institutions must have a big campus and plenty of staff on campus and did not know what technology could do in education – this while Bill Gates had already emphasised that students in many disciplines could learn more through online than universities.
With the new State Government, I sincerely hope they will give this Department, which is a century behind the times, the biggest shake-up.
(Prof) GRIER LIN, President, International Leadership Institute, Happy
Valley. commitment to scrapping this unnecessary and dangerous program. As stated in the article, what is needed is an “evidence-based comprehensive approach to tackle bullying”, not pushing gender theory on to our children, which is all Safe Schools was really about. DAVID HUTCHISON,