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The Gonski Report on Australian education funding was delivered to the government last month after an intensive 18 month review process. The biggest review of school funding in decades, the report recommends an injection of A$5 billion to the education sector, three-quarters of which would go to public schools.
Delivered amidst the tumult and shouting of the latest political leadership tussle, public discussion of the report was somewhat deprived of oxygen … until now. Join host Sally Warhaft, and our panel of educational experts and school principals, as they discuss the state of schooling in Australia, the findings of the Gonski report, and the future of Australian education.
How do we compare to the world leaders in education? Does our education system need a major overhaul? Will the funding changes recommended in the Gonski report help achieve this? How can state and federal governments work to implement the suggested changes quickly and efficiently? Is our education system in need of saving – and if so, is this the answer?
Joining us to debate these and other questions will be Lesley Lamb, Paul Sheahan and David Zyngier.
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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster and former editor of The Monthly magazine.
Dr David Zyngier is a senior lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at Monash University. He is also the Co-director (with Dr Paul Carr) of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project, an international project examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy in education to develop a robust and critical democratic education with over 70 researchers in 20 countries.
Paul Sheahan, former Victorian Sheffield Shield and Australian Test Cricketer, has been a high profile educator since the mid 1970s.
Lesley Lamb has been Principal of Glen Eira College in Caulfield since 2007, after six years as Principal of Gilmore Girls' College in Footscray.