Home' Teacher : February 2010 Contents EDITORIAL
According to Peter Hill, chief executive
of the Australian Curriculum, Assess-
ment a nd Reporting Authority (ACARA)
in the 2008-09 annual report, ACARA
'will quickly become a key pa rt of Aus-
tralia's school education la ndscape.' As
he observes, ACARA is working fast on
'a national curriculum for implementa-
tion from Kindergarten to Yea r 10 in
English, Mathematics, Science and His-
tory from 2011, and in the senior years
in 2012,' and on national assessment
and 'a national data collection and
reporting program that will support
analysis, evaluation, research and
resource allocation and accountability,
and reporting on schools and broader
national achievement.' That big and
busy agenda isn't just making ACARA
a key part of Australia's school educa-
tion landscape, it's making it a major
shaper of that landscape. ACARA right
now looks like a big earthmoving outfit
with lots of yellow heavy machinery.
We'll keep you posted as that machinery
rolls out. T
Ted Myers, one of this magazine's regu-
lar contributors, died in December last
year after a brief illness. The head of
communications at the Catholic Educa-
tion Office, Sydney, before his retire-
ment, he sta rted his working life teach-
ing in secondary schools in New South
Wales, before taking his skills into the
areas of communications and ma rketing
for schools, where he helped educators
to understand the fundamental role of
effective ma rketing in the proper provi-
sion of a educational services. He con-
tributed much to the sector, in the pages
of this magazine and in books like Mar-
keting for Better Schools a nd Super
Marketing Your School. We value his
contributions, and mourn his death. T
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Availability of current, reliable infor-
mation on govern ment spending on
sport, recreation and physical activity:
none, except for Australian Bureau
of Statistics data showing that about
$2 billion was spent on sport by
Commonwealth, state or territory and
local governments in 2000-01.
Defined ambitions and measurable targets
for community and elite sports: none,
except Olympic medal counts for elite
Funds distributed by the Australian Sports
Commission to national sporting organi-
sations in 2007-08: nearly $90 million.
Proportion that went to Olympic sports:
80 per cent.
Estimated cost of an Olympic gold medal:
Estimated cost of any Olympic medal: $4
Evidence that high-profile sporting events
have a material influence on sports
Source: Commonwealth of Australia, Independent
Sport Panel. (2009) The Future of Sport in Australia.
Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
1. If you lodge a job application using a
personal email address, is something
like firstname.lastname@example.org okay?
2. Should you attach a photo?
3. Who was the support act when
students from Heatherhill Primary
School, Sacred Heart School and the
Western English Language Service per-
formed at Melbourne's BMW Edge?
4. What do we do, typically, when we're
confronted with something we don't
5. Why can't most one-off classroom tests
be used to measure student progress?
6. What percentage of suspended Years 7
and 9 students are likely to engage in
anti-social behaviour 12 months later?
7. What percentage likely to engage in
violent behaviou r 12 months later?
8. Who did the Full Federal Court decide
is the ow ner of a 'targeted microsphere
technology' treatment for cancer,
the inventor, Dr Bruce Gray, or his
9. Why was Toys-R-Us pinged by
Sweden's Advertising Ombudsman?
10. What was the sanction?
Answers: 1. best to use a different one, according to Bruno Sartoretto; 2. maybe, but make sure it suits the context; 3. Cate Blanchett;
4. according to psychologists Travis Proulx and Steven Heine, we try to impose pattern, order or meaning on it; 5. because most tests
don't provide measu rements on the same psychometrically-established scale; 6. 50 per cent, according to the International Youth
Development Study; 7. 70 per cent; 8. Dr Gray, because his employment contract specified no 'duty to invent'; 9. because its Christmas
catalogue featured 'outdated gender roles' with active boys and passive girls; 10. an ouchy, slap-on-the-wrist public reprimand.
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