Different world, same debates

Liam Julian

In Australia's state of Victoria, teachers are about to receive a mammoth pay raise. But Kevin Donnelly, the Australian-education guru, doesn't like it. He sees lots of other problems that need remedying.

Instead of a blanket pay increase, a real education revolution would focus on raising standards and improving learning outcomes by identifying the best way to deal with underperforming teachers and to attract and reward successful teachers.

??Donnelly also notes:

It makes sense that, instead of imposing on schools teachers who may not agree with the school's educational philosophy, the power to hire, fire and reward staff should be at the local level, allowing those most affected by decisions to have a say.

Sounds familiar.

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