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Secondary Schooling and the Education Revolution


Secondary Schooling and the Education Revolution: looking for means towards the end?

Perspectives vol 2



Secondary schooling and the education revolution: Looking for means towards the end? by Professor Jack Keating, argues that a genuine education revolution cannot be achieved without structural reform of schooling in Australia.

Jack Keating asks just what the legacy of the Rudd Government’s ‘education revolution’ will be. He concludes that structural reforms are needed and the central to these reforms is secondary schooling.

‘The current structural arrangements are locked in to such an extent,’ he states, ‘that a systematic set of initiatives is needed across curriculum and qualifications, schools as delivery systems, and pathways systems.’ Central to Keating’s argument is his view that a real revolution lies in fundamental changes to the relationships across Federal and State governments, the government and non-government sectors, and the schools and tertiary education sectors.

Keating argues that fuller consideration of such structural issues is critical in overcoming the downside of experiments in the market liberalisation of schooling, which international evidence suggests has led to greater inequity.

Eric Sidoti, Director of the Whitlam Institute, sees Keating’s essay as taking the debate around the future of schooling to a new level:

“Keating dramatically moves the debate beyond teacher, computers and school halls to challenge us all to re-cast the environment in which teachers and schools operate. That opens the door to changes in the federal settlement around schooling, school funding and the need to move further beyond senior schooling being an elaborate university selection system. Now, that strikes me as having the potential to be truly revolutionary.”

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