Education is more than just a human right – it is a key foundation upon which a nation’s economic and social advancement is built.

And yet it is becoming ever more apparent that Australia is undermining its own future because it is not investing enough, nor investing wisely, in the education of its children.

As Lucy Carroll reports in today’s Sun-Herald, a new report from think tank The McKell Institute sets out how Australia is failing when it comes to education, why it is failing, and what to do to fix it.

The report points out that while national NAPLAN scores have shown relative stability in basic numeracy and literacy skills, Australia’s scores have been falling for more than 20 years when it comes to the larger, international test – the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

This is a worry because PISA doesn’t concern itself so much with basic skills, it looks to challenge a child’s “higher-order thinking”.

The results therefore suggest we are not doing as much as other countries to equip our children with the skills they will need in the future workforce – the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are critical to so many jobs in the modern, globalised economy. This failure will hurt our children, as well as the nation.

The report’s authors make it clear that we must do better if we are going to compete and prosper internationally in the decades ahead.

This is the same conclusion David Gonski reached in his report, published 10 years ago, after a review into Australia’s education system ordered by Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd.

That report pointed the way forward and suggested a more equitable funding model for schools to break the connection between socioeconomic disadvantage and poor academic performance.

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04.12.2022

Education is more than just a human right – it is a key foundation upon which a nation’s economic and social advancement is built.

And yet it is becoming ever more apparent that Australia is undermining its own future because it is not investing enough, nor investing wisely, in the education of its children.

As Lucy Carroll reports in today’s Sun-Herald, a new report from think tank The McKell Institute sets out how Australia is failing........

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