Home' Teacher : December 2010 Contents EDITORIAL
The Ministerial Cou ncil for Education,
Ea rly Childhood Development a nd
Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) met in
Canberra in October to discuss
'enha ncements' being made to the My
School website by the Australia n Cur-
ric ulum, Assessment and Reporting
Authority (ACARA) a nd to discuss
finalisation of the Kindergarten to Yea r
10 (K-10) national c u r riculum. The big
question on My School was whether the
Index of Community Socio -Educational
Advantage (ICSEA) would include a
measure of school resources. Speaking
at a press conference after the meeting,
Commonwealth Minister for Schools,
Ea rly Childhood and Youth Peter
Gar rett indicated that My School
would provide 'a richer data set,'
including 'additional financial informa-
tion and additional information in rela-
tion to socioeconomic status.' Will
'additional financial information'
include assets as well as recurrent
income? Probably not. According to
Garrett, the ICSEA will include 'rec u r-
rent expenditure,' but he made no refer-
ence to assets, saying only, 'wait u ntil
the (MCEECDYA) com muniqué itself
is formally released.' According to the
communiqué, 'New featu res will
include reporting of school financial
infor mation,' so we're none the wiser.
What about the timeline for implemen-
tation of the national cu r riculum?
According to the com muniqué, 'Minis-
ters reaffir med their commitment to
achieve substantial implementation of
the K-10 Australia n Curric ulum in
English, mathematics, science and his-
tory by the end of 2013, subject to there
being a three -yea r implementation
period to commence from when the
K-10 Australia n Cu r riculum (content,
sta ndards a nd support materials)
becomes available.' T
4 TEACHER DECEMBER 2010
Average annual expenditure per pre-
primary student in countries of
the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development, in
United States dollars: $5,447.
Lowest OECD expenditure per pre-
primary student: Mexico, $1,979; high-
est*: US, $9,394; Australia: $6,507.
Annual expenditure per primary student:
Lowest expenditure per primary student:
Mexico, $2,111; highest: Luxembourg,
$13,985; Australia: $6,498.
Annual expenditure per secondary stu-
Lowest expenditure per secondary
student: Chile, $2,222; highest:
Luxembourg, $17,928; Australia:
Annual expenditure per tertiary student:
Lowest expenditure per tertiary student:
Poland, $5,576; highest: US, $27,010;
Source: Education at a Glance 2010: OECD indica-
tors. Paris: OECD
* Figure not available for Luxembourg.
1. Does Rob Costello support 'student
centred' versus 'teacher centred,'
or 'student centred' and 'teacher
2. What exactly are the three Rs?
3. Who coined the term?
4. So what are the three Xs?
5. Who coined this term?
6. If as an employer you have a policy
regarding, say, the use of email or dress
codes, does an employee's failure to
comply warrant summary dismissal?
7. Which state recently established a Safe
Schools Coalition of schools dedicated
to creating safe educational environ-
ments that are free of homophobia and
supportive of same-sex-attracted and
8. According to Associate Professor Carol
Reid from the University of Western
Sydney Centre for Educational
Research, where does Australia face
9. In terms of 'university system strength,'
what is Australia's world ranking?
10. Can a school use a disclaimer to
contract out of its responsibility to its
Answers: 1. 'student centred' and 'teacher centred'; 2. reading, writing and arithmetic; 3. Sir William Curtis; 4. explore, express and
exchange; 5. Dr Idit Harel Caperton; 6. only if you have in place a zero tolerance policy that is consistently enforced; 7. Victoria; 8.
in science, technology, mathematics and some languages; regional areas of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales,
and Sydney's south-west and west; 9. fourth, behind the United States, Great Britain and Germany; 10. no.
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