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Eight Principles for Reversing Out Classroom Decline

Elena Douglas (The Australian, Aug 5-6) makes a number of really helpful suggestions – what she calls design principles that she suggests the Gonski 2.0 Review should incorporate. The only one of the 8 principles that I would challenge is Principle 5 ‘Data should drive decisions’. I don’t agree with it. There is far too much data-driven process and decision making that is making teacher’s role an administration nightmare. It is one thing to have a decent ‘evidence base’ it is quite another thing to let data be ‘king’.

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