Opinion: The lesson from Canada: why Australia should have fewer selective schools February 19, 2015 In her article for The Conversation Australia, Dr Laura Perry explores the premise of school selectivity, arguing that it can be inequitable when there are large differences between schools. In her recent study of curriculum offerings in Perth, Dr Perry found that only 10 per cent of low socio-economic status high schools offer advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics and English literature – traditional subjects that provide pathways for university study and the professions. For students that reside in the catchment zone of these schools, options for accessing rigorous academic curricula are often very limited, with private schooling often the only option. Dr Perry identifies several lessons the Australian schooling system could model from the Canadian education system, one that excels on international tests because it is equitable. Read Dr Perry’s full article on The Conversation website. Print This Post Media contact: Natalie Hailes-Phakos Tel: | Mobile: | Email: N.Hailes-Phakos@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Research, Experts Tags: australian schooling system, curriculum offerings, murdoch school of education, school selectivity, the conversation australia Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!