Category Archives: Education

Claire Lehmann and Padraic McGuinness

This is a story of two editors. Claire Lehmann is a rising star or even a risen star in cyberspace with her online magazine Quillette that is a space for civilised conversation about controversial cultural issues. Have a look! Last … Continue reading

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Read the question

I have some experience at setting assessment tasks and grading the resulting answers. One of the most common errors students (and everyone else) commit is not reading the question carefully. Another error that everyone commits is providing the correct answer … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Rule of law | 45 Comments

Gonski fails again. Surprise surprise

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 … Continue reading

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Latest on ANU

I wonder if PvO actually reads the Australian’s op-ed page? Today he has a piece that opens: It’s hardly surprising that ANU isn’t bothering to respond in detail to all the ongoing complaints from the Ramsay Centre and others that … Continue reading

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Differing views on academic freedom

The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the ANU are out and about today defending their decision to break off negotiations with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. There is a lot in there to discuss but I want to pick up … Continue reading

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Charles Jacobs: Tax cuts on the nose: Millennials

As the tax cuts were passed in Parliament, new CIS research suggests that they may not have the backing of one of Australia’s largest group of voters. Indeed, in new polling we have commissioned from You Gov Galaxy, it appears … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Taxation | 33 Comments

Anti-capitalist millennials

Tom Switzer and Charles Jacobs have a somewhat depressing op-ed in The Australian this morning: According to a Centre for Independent Studies/YouGov poll, 58 per cent of Australian millennials — those born between 1980 and 1996 — have a favourable … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Education, Market Economy | 67 Comments

Background to the Amy Wax story

The following is in the April edition of The New Criterion which by strange coincidence I read this afternoon in the backlog of mail that accumulated while I was away. The material is paywalled and this is cut and pasted … Continue reading

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This story caught my eye in the WSJ: I recently resigned as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and an overseer of its law school to protest the shameful treatment of law professor Amy Wax. Her career-threatening offense was … Continue reading

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Claudio Veliz on our universities

A piece from the IPA Review, Feb 1988, posted in John Roskam’s weekly newsletter. The 20 universities refers to the pre-Dawkins era. ‘The Closing of the Australian Mind?’ [Australia has] one of the least diversified higher education systems of any … Continue reading

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