National Affairs

What happened to Gonski’s schools?

Successive reviews of school education have promised a brighter future, but how many of them have gone back to see what went wrong last time?

Inside Story by Chris Bonner 18 August 2023

…The story of the Gonski schools is evidence enough that a class system of schools does nothing for fairness and comes at a considerable cost in money, opportunities and school achievement.

The talented team supporting the current review has a chance to embrace a more global view of school reform. It can identify the drivers of segregation in our school framework, explain the links between this and our mediocre national achievement, and recommend that work start now to reverse the current trends. Without this, what happened to the Gonski schools will increasingly become Australia’s future.

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