News Item – 2010 -We’ve been waiting ever since.
A Red-Letter Day – 19 January 2010
Once We Were Strong. What Happened Next?
Today, Tuesday 19 January, 2010 is a redletter day. Teacher members of the Australian Education Union voted unanimously to boycott national literacy and numeracy tests in May, in protest against the creation of school league tables. President Angelo Gavrielatos wrote to Federal Minister Julia Gillard indicating that publication of the tables was “…one of the greatest threats to the provision of quality education in the History of Australia.” Ms Gillard ruled out any possibility of giving way, “The My School website will go live on January 28 and it will give Australians rich performance information about schools, including their results in the last two yars of national testing.”
NSW Greens MP, Dr. John Kaye said that league tables would stigmatise schools. “Australia is fortunate that is prepared to save this nation from the mistakes that are crippling school education in England and the USA.”
Phil Cullen, former Director of Primary Education for Queensland said, “Fancy timid, compliant teachers challenging a dictatorial minister over a professional, non-industrial issue. Mary McKillop must have had something to do with it; and did not need to be asked. A teacher, she loved children and respected their parents. I did not think this would happen so soon. It’s a miracle!”