It’s hard to tell which part of Simon Birmingham’s announcement that Federal Government funding for Australia-wide preschool causes the biggest eye-roll.
The two clear frontrunners are: 1) That the Education Minister is seriously using the word “commitment” to describe the fifth short-term shot of funding his Government has announced since they took office; and 2) That the Education Minister seriously expects us to believe the Government values the research and evidence on the importance of early education.
Continue reading “Another short-term extension to preschool funding underlines Government’s lack of commitment to early education”
The Government has announced another short-term funding extension for 15 hours of preschool for Australian children, making this the fifth 12-month agreement since the Coalition Government came into power in 2013.
Continue reading “Federal Government funds preschool agreement, but only for a further 12 months”
In international early education comparisons and rankings, Australia usually has very little to celebrate. We spend less than countries similar to us, our system is one of the most confusing in the world, and children have less access than most comparable countries.
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In a lengthy article for The New York Times Magazine, Jeneen Interlandi explores many of the issues faced by preschool teachers in the United States. Continue reading “Must Read: Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?”