June 16 2014 Skeptics Café
Don Hyatt: Why Education Matters
Australia’s educational leaning tower of PISA
Australian Education – Going, going Gonski?
Pyning for a better education in Australia.
The educational framework within which students begin their educational lives sets their views on how they see society and how they might reach their potential, subsequently making a valuable contribution to society. It is vital that Australia has a high quality education system that serves our needs and enables the future generation to take us to the country we want to be.
A quality education for all students would seem to be the best investment for any country’s long term future. Exactly how that might be achieved is very much a political issue and open to interpretation. Skeptics need to be informed, actively interested and involved in the educational debate with a view to ensuring that the public is properly informed and politicians make decisions for the right reasons and in the interests of everyone.
In this talk Don will look at the results of the PISA study released in November 2013 and what they mean to Australia. We will also look at how the Gonski Review may or may not address what reforms are needed. Layered on top of this is the current implementation of the National Curriculum and the recently released Pyne Review of Education.
Where is all this going? Oh, and there are students to be considered.
Don Hyatt is a well known Victorian Skeptic having served on the Victorian Committee and convened the Australian Skeptics National Convention in 2012. He founded the Skeptic Groups of Victoria which he still convenes. Don taught and occupied a variety of educational roles for over 30 years in Victorian schools where he was actively involved in curriculum development with particular interest in science education. He spent time in Curriculum & Research Branch of the Education Department and as Education Officer at the CSIRO Science Education Centre. He was the Foundation National Director of Australian Science in Schools Weeks, now National Science Week. He is a past President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria, co-author of several chemistry texts and sat on the national body developing the principles for the determination of Highly Accomplished Teachers of Science. He holds an M. Ed from Melbourne University on learning development in the transition from Child Science to Teacher Science. In his spare time he is currently Victorian Chairman of the Australian Shareholders Association.