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Idea 6

Demand better educational outcomes on behalf of all Tasmanians through a media-led groundswell of action.

Our educational outcomes are dreadful and we make excuses for them. We will break the mindset of denial that exists in Tasmania about our standard of education through a combination of cultural and organisational change. We want to increase the community’s hunger for better educational outcomes. We also want to change the way the system delivers education. These initiatives include; extending all government high schools from Year 10 to Year 12 in metropolitan areas as well as in rural or regional towns and extending existing colleges back to Year 7; creating more aspirational pathway planning for higher education; provide frequent, external performance feedback and coaching for all teachers, and; only employ the term “leavers’ dinner” for those graduating from Year 12.

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  • ‘Better educational outcomes’ needs better definition. Currently the things we say we value most highly (e.g. social/ relational skills, resilience, flexibility) cannot be effectively measured – so instead we start to value the things we can measure, and define what ‘counts’ as ‘outcomes’ accordingly (‘literacy’ = NAPLAN!)

    SUBMITTED BY: Felicity Hickman, Rosetta 09:56PM 11/06/15
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  • Are we educating Tasmanians for Tasmania, the country or the world? The shift in Tasmanian industry requires a greater skills base & more flexibility, as does the world but the opportunity to contribute on a world-wide basis from within Tasmania is greater than ever. How about celebrating starting years 11 & 12 not leaving?

    SUBMITTED BY: Paul Reader, Clarenon Vale 05:27PM 17/06/15
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  • So Tasmania needs the same ideal model as Victoria, where 25,000 swap schools after Year 10 and 10,000 drop out of Yeas 11/12 . That’s why many of them are starting to see 7-12 high schools as the problem and secondary colleges as the solution. Opinions should be based on evidence

    SUBMITTED BY: Brian McNab, New Norfolk 12:55PM 18/06/15
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  • Time for the community to get on the front foot about education – the key to a positive future in so many other areas. Excellent suggestions re enhancing educational delivery. Let’s be ambitious and expect the very best, from our students, teachers and the system as a whole!

    SUBMITTED BY: Eleanor Ramsay, Kettering 01:44PM 27/06/15
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