Join us for the Sydney launch of Waiting for Gonski, with authors Tom Greenwell and Chris Bonnor in conversation with Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy at UNSW.
Written by teachers Tom Greenwell and Chris Bonnor, Waiting for Gonski examines how Australia has failed its schools and offers inspired solutions to help change education for the better.
The Gonski Report proposed a model that provided targeted funding to disadvantaged students based on need, a solution that promised to close the gaps and improve overall achievement. And yet, over a decade later, the problems have only worsened. Educational outcomes for Australian schoolchildren continue to decline, and there is a growing correlation between social disadvantage and educational under-achievement.
So why hasn’t Gonski worked, and what should we do now?
Tom Greenwell teaches history and politics in the ACT public education system. He writes about Australian education policy for Inside Story and The Canberra Times. He previously worked as a research officer with the Australian Education Union.
Chris Bonnor AM is a former teacher and secondary school principal. He was a previous head of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and is co-author, with Jane Caro, of The Stupid Country and What makes a good school.
A 6 for 6:30 start at Gleebooks, registrations essential.