Tag: education

Alan Roberts Prize: What if Ivan Illich Were Elected Mayor?

The winning essay for 2021 in Arena’s annual Alan Roberts Prize.

Systemic reckonings and online learning

The paradox of teaching then is that teachers are attempting to create contexts for students to think for themselves, to stay sane in an age of division while operating within an institutional structure designed to create compliant and obedient workers, a goal that is continually reinforced by the state for neoliberal purposes.

‘We are disposable’: Casual work, low pay and low power

By deliberately misclassifying these workers as casuals, employers have been able to satisfy their ongoing labour needs, benefit from wage penalties, and withhold entitlements at the same time. Who should be regarded as ‘double dipping’ under such circumstances?

School’s Off-Campus, But It Shouldn’t Be Out Completely

Maybe what we have to hold onto is the idea of education as a good in its own right, not a dreary task to be got out of the way before we start the fun stuff, or a series of obstacles to be navigated en route to job-readiness.

Towards Inanition: Diminishing the Humanities, Communications and Arts at Our Peril

Reason, rationality, calculation and measurement need to be transformed by empathy, compassion, imagination, dialogue, creativity and importantly the questioning of authority and power.

‘We’ve Been Sick for a While…’: English Language Education Industry’s Problems Run Deeper than COVID-19

Many have made the case that the COVID-19 pandemic poses an existential threat to English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and therefore to these jobs, students and institutions. Although this is nominally true, the crisis has revealed the unsustainable and unethical business practices on which ELICOS colleges have always depended.

Noel Pearson’s Education Agenda, by Chris Sarra

Placing his programs in the ‘radical centre’ is a misnomer

University Deregulation, by Nick Riemer

Public higher education needs defenders made of sterner stuff

Servitude for Students by John Holmwood

The moral crisis at the heart of the neoliberal university

MOOCs: Disrupting the University or Business as Usual?

by Simon Cooper

Selling TAFE

Yet another neoliberal push on education By Colin Long

National Curriculum

Despite its flaws, the Australian curriculum deserves serious debate