Donnelly book launch
6th November 2009

Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Australian Liberal Party and Opposition Leader, launches Australia’s Education Revolution: How Kevin Rudd Won and Lost the Education Wars.

Written by Dr Kevin Donnelly, one of Australia’s leading education commentators.

New Book Rates Prime Minister Rudd’s Education Revolution: 3 out of 10

During the 2007 federal election campaign, Kevin Rudd promised an education revolution. While the rhetoric is attractive, it’s clear that Rudd’s education revolution is more about spin than substance, implementation has failed and the very changes needed to raise standards are denied.
 
·    The billion-dollar school infrastructure program is being investigated by the Commonwealth Auditor-General and the budget for the computers in schools program has blown out by millions.

·    While international research shows that the best way to raise standards is to give schools autonomy and allow them to compete, under the Rudd Government education is centralized, micro-managed and all roads lead to Canberra.

·    The federal government’s approach to education is ideologically driven and government and non-government schools, as a condition of funding, are being forced to implement the ALP’s Cultural-left agenda.

·    Minister Gillard justifies increased testing and ranking schools by arguing such approaches have worked in New York and in England.  Wrong!  New York’s standards have flat-lined and the prestigious U.S. Board of Testing and Assessment warns that too much testing leads to teachers teaching to the test and vital subjects like music, art and literature being ignored.  In England, naming and shaming schools has failed to raise standards and testing is being cut back.
 
Dr Donnelly’s collection of articles traces the rise and fall of Rudd’s education revolution and details what needs to be done to have a real education revolution, including introducing vouchers, community schools and embracing competition, autonomy, diversity and choice. 

Dr Kevin Donnelly, author of Why Our Schools are Failing and Dumbing Down, is Director of Melbourne-based Education Standards Institute http://www.edstandards.com.au  ESI is a recently established Melbourne-based, conservative education think-tank.

Dr Donnelly is available for comment and interviews  (Mobile) 0413 311 271 (Email) kevind@netspace.net.au

Australia’s Education Revolution: How Kevin Rudd Won and Lost the Education Wars
Published by Connor Court Publishing, iSBN 9781921421297, Retail Price $29.95
To order: Phone (03) 9005 9167, Fax (03) 5303 0960, Email: anthony@connorcourt.com

 

 

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