Teach For Australia – Stories – Educational Disadvantage: An Economic Perspective

This blog post is part of a series related to the SBS documentary Testing Teachers. To find out more about Testing Teachers click here.

I was born in August of 1991. Plenty was happening in the world then, much as it is now. Countries were in the throes of political crises, new technological innovations were challenging the old ways of doing things and The Simpsons were on our TV screens. Unlike now, however, in 1991 Australia was emerging from the depths of a bitter recession, dubbed by our then Prime Minister Paul Keating as one the nation ‘had to have’.

In the prevailing 26 years or so, Australia has been the economic envy of most of the developed world for our unimpeded economic growth and ability to weather events such as the Global Financial Crisis. Despite this being a source of pride for our country, and at that top of any talking points from our treasurers (starting with likes of Paul Keating and Peter Costello and continuing today with Scott Morrison), it is readily apparent that not all Australians have prospered equally. While there are many ways we can measure inequality in our society, one of the most evident means is to see the disparity, in educational opportunities for Australia’s children.

Costello and Keating

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ESSA – Rogoff & Reinhart – Excel, Austerity and #StatsFAIL


When I first learnt via the Twittersphere that something known as Rogoff & Reinhart had been called into question over its methodological inconsistencies, it seemed to be just another instance of quibbling economists – unique only in that instead of occupying the corridors and libraries of universities, it was permeating my Twitter stream.

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ESSA – Book Review: The Signal and the Noise


Ever since he took the world of political punditry by storm in 2008 with his electoral prediction website, FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver has been one of the more high profile stats-gurus going around. Having been an avid follower of his blog (before and after its move to The New York Times), I was keenly interested to read his book debut, the bestselling The Signal and the Noise.

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