Results of a study on school children in a number of countries found that Australian children continue to fall behind in just about every subject and particularly the most important, mathematics and literacy.
The results came from an international body known as PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). In 2018 there were 79 nations or economic zones that were tested by PISA. Australian school children finished 16th in Reading, 29th in Mathematics and 17th in Science. Sixteenth doesn’t sound that bad from 79 countries but results are of concern as there has been a continued decline results since 2000 when the PISA testing commenced.
When the results were announced recently Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison deflected any blame by quoting the Federal Government’s record spending on education. True, most responsibility does lie with respective state governments as they allocate funding inside their own borders and implement education programs.
In total Australia spent $57.6 billion on education but results have not improved.
Where have we gone wrong?
- Are there too many female school teachers? And have those teachers created an environment that prioritises girls over ‘problematic’ boys.
- Are teachers being taught how to teach during training?
- Is sustainability, climate change dogma and other left wing fads taking up too much of the school curriculum?
- Is multiculturalism causing the classroom’s combined progress to slow down and in turn preventing potentially high achieving students from advancing?