On 31 August 2011, the Review of Funding for Schooling panel released a Paper on Commissioned Research and four research reports, seeking feedback from the general public. It is important to note that these research reports do not necessarily reflect the views of the panel. Source
The Review of Funding for Schooling has published a series of reports in recent days that have led to a flurry of interesting, often polemical, articles in newspapers. However, the rise of social media gives all Australians an opportunity to discuss many issues of national importance in a way that was not possible a generation ago, when school funding arrangements were last discussed in this country.
We do not need to rely on journalists or politicians alone to explore issues publicly.
My employer, the NSW Department of Education and Communities publishes guidelines on the use of social media by its employees. It is a human, sensible policy document that allows for staff to participate in public discussion. I encourage you to read it closely. The key point:
Staff within the department have a great deal of experience across a range of education and public policy areas. These voices should be encouraged to engage in the conversations that are taking place every day in public forums made more accessible through online social media.
Hopefully, many voices will be heard in this dialogue and it is important educators across all sectors participate in the discourse. I personally want to read and listen to Australian educational leaders publicly discuss, debate and reflect on these latest reports in the way that @GregWhitby does with this post and Chris Bonnor’s article does too.
I hope you take the time to read about David Gonski and the composition of his review panel, as well as the fact sheets, FAQs, @MaralynParker‘s post and @stevensonsmh‘s article and another on fees. This article and ‘talking point’ push different perspectives and have some interesting comments at the posts.
I’d really like to see more posts, papers, tweets and links at the twitter hashtag #Gonski from teachers, politicians, parents, academics, systems leaders and all those interested in our Civil Society and the future of education in Australia. We cannot leave this too polemicists and those paid to shape opinion. We need to have a proper, open and informed dialogue.
You may also wish to follow @DEEWRspokesman on twitter
Is this something that you can help with while we are waiting for Gonski?