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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Discussion of performance reporting continues

Discussion and debate about aspects of performance reporting in schools continues around Australia. See commentary in The Canberra Times 15 July, article in The West Australian 13 July, article 13 July and earlier article 10 July in The Sydney Morning Herald, report in The Australian 14 July, and commentary 9 July and later report 13 July 2009 in The Age.

Call for history to receive more time in the curriculum

Professor Stuart Macintyre has called on State and Territory governments to ensure that history is allocated adequate levels of time and resources in the curriculum. Professor Macintyre has led the development of work on the forthcoming national curriculum for history on behalf of ACARA. See article in The Age 17 July 2009.

New website launched: EnhanceTV Community

The new EnhanceTV Community is a highly collaborative, interactive website where teachers can share ideas and resources for using television in the classroom. Members can upload and share media such as videos and podcasts; post links, polls and blogs; and set up their own home pages and groups. The site was established by EnhanceTV, a subsidiary of Screenrights, the not-for-profit organisation that licenses educational institutions to copy from television. EnhanceTV's link with Screenrights also provides educators with access to filmmakers and the film and television production industry, and interviews and podcasts by professionals in the new media.

Discussion of computer funding for schools in Victoria

Concern has been expressed this week in Victoria over the rollout of Australian Government plans for new computers in schools. See article 16 July and later article 17 July 2009 in The Age and article in The Australian 17 July 2009.

Victorian students progress through school to be tracked through new system

A unique student number is being assigned to every student in Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools. Introduction of the Victorian Student Number (VSN) will commence this month and will extend to cover all government and non-government schools throughout the remainder of 2009. A central register will record basic enrolment details including name; date of birth; gender; and the history of a student’s enrolment, including education and training provider, date of enrolment and exit date. Education and training providers will be required to provide this information to the Victorian Student Register each time a student enrols or leaves their institution. Strict privacy controls will apply to the register. The VSN is designed to ensure that the government has accurate and up-to-date information about student movement and retention rates. See media release 15 July 2009 from Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and article in The Age 14 July 2009.

Concern over management of school infrastructure spending

An article in The Australian 11 July 2009 raises concerns about the management of school infrastructure spending in New South Wales.

Religious schools 'undermine cohesion'

The rise of faith-based schools in Australia is restricting the ability of some students to relate to people of diverse backgrounds, according to Professor Andrew Jakubowicz, a sociologist at the University of Technology, Sydney. See article in The Age 13 July 2009.

Teachers in France refuse to implement education reform

Thousands of teachers in France are refusing to implement a new regulation mandating additional out-of-hours classroom work to help remedial learners. The rule is seen as part of a continued erosion of the country's long-held ideals about education, in favour of a market-based approach. See article in The Washington Post 10 July 2009.

Malaysia drops English language teaching

Malaysia has abandoned its trial of a policy to teach mathematics and science in the English language, after concerns about the program's effectiveness and difficulties in sourcing qualified staff. Supporters of the program argue that a valuable opportunity to improve the country's competitiveness in the global market has been lost. See article in The Guardian 10 July 2009.

'Culture wars' affect Texas history curriculum

The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards 'that made room for creationist critiques of evolution', is now considering revisions to the K–12 US history curriculum to emphasise the roles of 'the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion', according to an article in The Wall Steet Journal 14 July 2009.