Opinion: Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia – we can’t just carry on the same

March 16, 2017

Associate Professor Perry tackles the complex issue of educational disadvantage.

The latest reports from two major international assessments of student learning have found that educational disadvantage is a bigger problem in Australia than in comparable countries like Canada.

Associate Professor Laura Perry from Murdoch University’s School of Education tackles the issue of educational disadvantage in Australia in an opinion piece for The Conversation.

“Educational disadvantage is a reality faced by many Indigenous students, students who reside outside metropolitan areas, and/or students from low socioeconomic backgrounds,” she said.

“The situation has not improved over the past 15 years and a reduction in educational disadvantage will not happen on its own. Like any ambitious goal, it requires a comprehensive and innovative strategy.”

Professor Perry outlines the complexities of the issue and points towards some potential ways for Australia to tackle educational disadvantage.

“The key to reducing educational disadvantage in Australia is reducing school stratification and segregation,” she said.

“This will require concerted effort and a strategic plan that involves all school sectors and education authorities at all levels of government. To be successful, the plan needs to place students and communities first.”

The full article can be read here.

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