A nice piece by Jennifer Buckingham at the Centre for Independent Studies.
Unfortunately, the recommendations in the second Gonski report are not based on evidence about effective use of school resources. Most are inane and obvious – for example, children who learn more in a year at school will have higher achievement. Yes, really … it is surprisingly at that useless level.
And the recommendations that do represent a departure from the status quo have several significant problems. The proposals are not supported by research, they lack detail about implementation, and overall they will significantly increase the level of complexity and bureaucratisation of the school system.
Jennifer has been at work on education issues at CIS for some time and anyone with an interest in the topic should get up to speed with her contribution.