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Examples of local and overseas think-tanks with an education focus that are worthwhile visiting include:
Australia's Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney-based think-tank champions limited government and a free enterprise economy. Jennifer Buckingham undertakes valuable educational research in areas like school choice, accountability and rewarding teacher performance.
New Zealand's Maxim Institute. Based in Auckland, the Maxim Institute undertakes research in a wide range of policy areas, including education, and provides an insightful and well researched perspective on New Zealand developments.
The U.S. based Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Led by Chester E. Finn, Jr, this independently minded think-tank undertakes useful, timely and scholarly research into areas like charter schools, national educational standards, teacher performance and international 'best-practice'.
The Core Knowledge Foundation led by E.D.Hirsch Junior. Sol Stern, in New York's City Journal, provides a succinct and comprehensive account of Hirsch's work in education. Hirsch argues for cultural literacy and a belief that education must deal with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills associated with a liberal view of education.
The U.S. based Cato Institute. The model of education advocated is one based on school choice, minimal government interference and empowering those at the local level.
In the following, from the Weekend Australian, I argue that the current utilitarian and pragmatic approach to education undervalues what should be most important - a conservative view of the purpo... Read Full Post!
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Gonski a threat to non-government schools 12th April 2013
In the following published on the Age online I argue that the Gonski report, and the ALP commonwealth government's response, will harm Catholic and independent schools - both financially and and i...