Home' Teacher : December 2009 Contents EDITORIAL
When the report for Julia Gillard goes
home to her mum and dad, what will it
say? Here's a sneak peak at its probable
Julia has had a ver y busy year, not
least in providing substantial help
for those in the primary years, where
she ha s shown a surprising interest
in school buildings. She has steered a
Council of Australian Governments
national education agreement to
address some critical policy areas
such as Year 12 or equivalent reten-
tion; literacy and numeracy; Indig-
enous educational disadvantage;
successful post-school transition;
and the collection of nationally-
consistent data and information to
be used for reporting on agreed edu-
cationaloutcomes, including student
and school reports. While her effort
in these areas is commendable, it is
likely that she still ha s some way to
go if she wishes to a chieve he r goals.
This is also the ca se for her involve-
ment in the provision of 1:1 laptops,
and the infrastructure to support this
initiative. It is pleasing to obser ve
that Julia has excellent listening
skills, is always polite and coopera-
tive, andis extremely wellorganised.
On the whole, Julia is making excel-
lent progress and should continue to
show good progress if she employs
her undoubted skills to full effect.
Given her existing workload, Julia
has also done a fair amount of work
throughher extra-curricular involve-
ment in refor ms to workplace rela-
tions. Looking to next year, Julia
would do well to consult widely if
she is to implement a national cur-
riculum and if she is successfully to
tackle refor m to school funding
ar rangements beyond the 2009 to
2012 quadrennium. T
4 TEACHER DECEMBER 2009
Percentage of 15- to 19-year olds in full-
time education in 2009: 69.7 per cent.
Percentage in full-time work in 2009: 13.9
In part-time work, but not education: 7.3
Not in full-time education or work: 16.4
per cent, up from 12.2 per cent in 2008.
Percentage of school leavers in part-time
work only or unemployed in the first
year after leaving school: 36 per cent.
Percentage of 20- to 24-year olds who
have attained Year 12 or its equivalent,
according to Australian Bureau of
Statistics Education and Work sur vey
data for 2008: 83 per cent.
Of 24-year olds who have attained a uni-
versity degree: 28 per cent.
Of female 24-year olds who have attained
a university degree: 33 per cent.
Of male 24-year olds who have attained a
university degree: 23 per cent
Of 24-year olds who have attained a voca-
tional education and training certifi-
cate: 31 per cent.
Source: Foundation for Young Australians, How
Young People are Faring 2009.
1. Toorak College has introduced a pro-
gram to provide an alternative career
pathway for teachers who want to stay
in front of the blackboard. What's it
2. Where is Toorak College?
3. According to the 2006 Program for
International Student Assessment,
what percentage of Australian stu-
dents are classified as 'at risk' of not
having basic levels of scientific under-
4. According to the 2007 Trends in
International Mathematics and Science
Study, what percentage of Australian
Year 4 students achieve an 'advanced'
standard in science?
5. What's the percentage for Year 8?
6. What's the percentage for Year 4 in
7. What's the percentage for Year 8 in
8. Can anyone handle fireworks at a
9. Education is Australia's third largest
export category earner. True or false?
10. Is Steve Holden a techno troglodyte?
Answers: 1. the Master Teacher and Mentor program; 2. if you think it's in Toorak, Melbourne, think again -- it's actually in Mount
Eliza on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula; 3. 13 per cent; 4. 10 per cent; 5. eight per cent; 6. 36 per cent; 7. 32 per cent; 8. no, the use
of fireworks at a fête should only be undertaken by a licensed pyrotechnician; 9. true; 10. yes -- leastways, a Google search on techno
troglodytismfor thelastedition ofTeacher revealedthathe mustbe,ifhe stilluses Google to checkon whetherhe's a techno troglodyte.
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