Teach for Australia and ANU Student Media Present:
‘Does classroom learning have a place in the twenty first century?’
Our education system is at a crossroads.
40 percent of children from low socioeconomic households do not complete Year 12. The vast majority do not attain university degrees.
Moreover, student outcomes as a whole are declining. In 2000, Australia was among the top three OECD countries for reading, mathematics, and science. In the most recent survey, we were outperformed by nine countries in reading; by sixteen countries in mathematics; and by seven countries in science.
A recent study at the ANU revealed that on average, two thirds of ANU students are not attending or downloading lectures beyond week three. This pattern shows up regardless of the size, age, the condition of the lecture theatre, the discipline, or the level of the course taught.
These trends are troubling, and raise questions that our educators and policy makers cannot ignore.
Are traditional classroom teaching methods succeeding in engaging our youth, and preparing them for a rapidly modernising world? Are our schools and universities ready to embrace innovative teaching methods, so our graduates can compete on the world stage? Does the ‘classroom’ have a place in the twenty first century?
Join us for an evening of rousing debate, featuring some of Australia's biggest education innovators.
Professor Brian Schmidt
Professor Schmidt is the Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University. He is the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and is an astrophysicist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Professor Hughes-Warrington is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the Australian National University. Her areas of expertise include historiography, the philosophy of history, and the history of education. She also runs a prolific blog.
The Honorable Dr Andrew Leigh
Dr Leigh is a member of the House of Representatives, representing the seat of Fraser. He serves as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and the Shadow Minister for Competition. Prior to entering politics, Leigh was a professor in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University. He is a similarly thoughtful blogger, and can be found at: http://www.andrewleigh.com/
Melodie is a founding member and the CEO of Teach for Australia, a graduate program which recruits passionate young Australians to teach in disadvantaged communities, where they have a life changing impact on their students. She completed her Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and has worked with the Boston Consulting Group and as Think Tank Co-ordinator for the Cape York Institute.
Ben is a recent graduate from the Australian National University. During his time at the ANU, Ben founded the Raising Hope Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which supports university students to volunteer in local schools - combatting educational disadvantage through raising hope. Ben is currently a teacher at Melrose High School.
Clodagh is a 5th year at the Australian National University, and is completing a degree in Arts and Commerce. She is the Vice President of the ANU Student's Association, and is a fearless and passionate advocate for student welfare.
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