Archive for 'Teachers'
Finally, after two years of campaigning and a series of record-breaking strikes, the Australian Education Union and the Victorian Government have struck a deal. There’s some good news, and plenty of bad writes AEU delegate Manolya Moustafa in Socialist Alternative. So bad in fact that AEU members should vote against accepting this agreement.
We are the terrorists. Bring the troops home.
We are witnessing the slow agonising death of public education in Australia and the current AEU leadership is now leading the charge.
The News Ltd owned rugby league team the Melbourne Storm and the school league tables in today’s News Ltd owned newspaper The Australian have a common message – money wins. Rugby League’s response to the dictatorship of the free market was to impose a salary cap on the clubs, a cap which is really a [...]
Here in Canberra local Labor Party Education Minister Andrew Barr has threatened teachers who impose any NAPLAN test bans with the loss of four hours pay under Rudd’s workchoices law, the Fair Work Act. Can somebody explain to me again what exactly the difference is between Labor and the Liberals? The Australian Education Union’s response does [...]
Labor will attack teachers. When it does the teachers have the opportunity to defeat the league tables by striking and smashing Labor’s penal powers.
Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party. Of course she’s more nuanced, more articulate and has more influence over the trade union movement than Reith. That makes her more dangerous to workers and more useful to the bosses. Her value to capital and closeness to the trade union and Labor Party bureaucrats explains why, if [...]
On January 28 the My School website was launched with great fanfare – but in the face of strident opposition from teacher and parent organisations. They are rightly concerned that the information published there will inevitably be used to construct “league tables” that will “name and shame” many schools – especially those in the underfunded [...]
Teachers have banned national numeracy and literacy tests. The results from these tests will become league tables and reinforce the cycle of lower funding for schools with students from less well off backgrounds. Rather than addressing problems the tests will reinforce them. The teachers’ ban is about protecting students. However under Labor’s industrial relations laws such action is [...]
THIS MONTH marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, the television show that may have had a greater impact on the lives of multiple generations of people around the globe than any other.