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A discriminating revolution: why VET and HE are divided

Education is about fairness,” then opposition leader Kevin Rudd told the Melbourne Education Research Institute in January last year, marking out a battleground in the forthcoming election. “Australia now needs an education revolution.” Upon which he launched a directions paper ...

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Return HECS to research graduates: committee

While HECS-style loans are being proposed for everybody from drought-stricken farmers to budding athletes, a parliamentary committee wants them converted into donations. HECS debts should be waived for successful research postgraduates in order to encourage students to choose research instead ...

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The price of competition

As cannier parents seamlessly guide their children from community day care to public primary school to private high school to Group of Eight university, will the outcomes of the Labor government’s education revolution finally change the nature of the debate ...

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Parallel universes

The humanities, arts and social sciences have tended to live in a parallel universe to that of innovation policy thinking and processes. But it is my view that the innovation framework gives the arts and humanities the best overarching opportunity ...

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Change to survive and thrive

While a nod may still only be as good as a wink to a blind horse, VET insiders with even half an eye to the recent public comments of influential policymakers should have a strategic advantage over their more myopic ...

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COAG seals the deal

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) outlined future VET funding arrangements during its last meeting of the year, with the Commonwealth, states and territories signing off on a $6.7 billion national skills and workforce development agreement to replace specific purpose ...

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Ingredients for partnerships

Are lasting provider-enterprise partnerships based on low prices or mutual respect?   The following story was told at a recent national forum. It is about an award-winning private training provider in the retail industry and how it is effectively delivering ...

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The myth of the evil employer

Employers are not natural-born exploiters of young people, says Erica Smith.   In a recent Campus Review (25.11.08), Mark Cully from the NCVER wrote an article about low pay and traineeships. He began by describing an imaginary scenario where an ...

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Stop at the red pen

Teachers in Queensland are being told they are at risk of emotionally abusing their students if they use red pen to mark their students’ work. A Queensland education department document also suggests students be given bean bags to reduce stress, ...

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