Dean Ashenden

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5 Mar 2018

Labor’s shadow education minister faces the problem of working out why school reform has failed, and what a federal education minister could do about it.

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30 Sep 2016

A collection of articles on national education policy was posted to the TJ Ryan Foundation website during this year’s federal election campaign. Much of this commentary highlighted the failure of the campaign to confront the policy vacuum which faces administrators in tertiary institutions and those...


29 Sep 2016

Federal minister Simon Birmingham has fired the first shots in the latest battle of the school funding wars. Here’s Inside Story ’s short guide to the terrain

1. Has Australia been spending more and more on schools? Yes, and no. Over the past...



15 Jun 2016

Credentialism has distorted the direction and basis of half a century’s education and training policy, argues Dean Ashenden •

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In post-industrial society the range and quantity of skills and knowledge needed in the workforce are growing...



23 Sep 2015

Don’t be surprised if the Coalition embraces an updated Gonski plan for school funding

UNTIL last week, Gonski’s last hope – and an increasingly promising one – was a Labor victory in 2016. Now, that hope has dimmed, but another has appeared. It...

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