Education and the struggle for equality

Education in Australia – the struggle for greater equality

Friday 25 May 2012


John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University (Bundoora campus)

Earlier this year the Gonski Report into education in Australia was released, raising fundamental questions not only about education but also about the idea of equality in contemporary Australia.

robert-manneOn Friday 25 May La Trobe University’s Ideas & Society Program is holding a forum on the implications of the report.

Former Western Australian Premier and one of the expert panellists for the report, Dr Carmen Lawrence, is one of the speakers. She will be joined by Professor Richard Teese of the University of Melbourne, one of this country’s most eloquent advocates of equality in education; Michelle Green, the Chief Executive of Independent Schools Victoria; and the political commentator, Professor Dennis Altman of La Trobe University. Professor Lorraine Ling, Dean of Education at La Trobe, will chair the forum.

Professor Robert Manne, who organises the Ideas & Society Program, said the public forum offered parent groups, teachers and education specialists the opportunity to hear and ask questions about the report.

‘There are few political questions more important than the struggle to create greater equality of opportunity. This can only be achieved through education reform. So far the federal government has more or less ignored the report’s detailed and radical recommendations.,’ he said.

The panel will consider why there is such a struggle for greater equality in Australian education, and the many recommendations within the report such as the proposed funding model - standard funding for every student, topped up with loadings to address factors such as low socio economic background, disability and school size.

A webcast will be available following the panel discussion when it can be downloaded from:

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