The need to transform education unquestionable, says Catholic education leader

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta - Transforming education
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta - Transforming education

Greg Whitby AM, Executive Director Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, said today that the significant shift in the model of schools proposed in yesterday’s ‘Gonski 2.0’ report: Through Growth to Achievement, should be seen as just the start of what is needed to make education meaningful for millions of young Australians.

“I am delighted that the Federal Government has strongly supported the recommendations in this report,” Mr Whitby said. “The dire need to transform education for the wellbeing of future generations and kids at school today is unquestionable.

“It’s terrific to see an energetic national discussion about education with a serious focus on learning. This acknowledgement that the world has changed is long overdue.

“Let’s hope this leads to a coherent policy framework that supports and funds our education system from end to end. That is the next step. Learning needs to be seen as a continuum.

Segmenting funding into early education, primary, secondary and post-school education just doesn’t make sense any more.”

Mr Whitby said that if we’ve learnt anything from years of the failed industrial model of education, it’s that structural change must be driven by the needs of the learner.

“Educators like to talk about ‘teachable moments’ - real-world opportunities for lasting learning. I just hope this new report from David Gonski proves to be a teachable moment for our political and education leaders.”

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