A PISA With Almost the Lot

At current count, there have been two thousand, one hundred and seventy-three reports and opinion pieces on Australia’s terrific PISA results. We’ve heard from  a journalist, a former PISA director, the Grattan Institute, the Gonski Institute, the Mitchell Institute, ACER, the Innovative Research University Group, The Centre for Independent Studies, the AMSI Schools Project Manager, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Australian Science Teachers Association, Learning First, an education journalist, an education editor, an education lecturer, a psychometrician, an education research fellowa lecturer in educational assessment, an emeritus professor of education, a plethora of education academics,  a shock jock, a shock writer, a federal education minister, a state education minister, another state education minister, a shadow education ministeran economist,  a teacher and a writer.

So, that’s just about everyone, right?

10 Replies to “A PISA With Almost the Lot”

  1. Oh dear no – there’s heaps of people not represented. How about “community interest groups” (on perceived or real cultural bias in PISA), parents’ groups, teachers (not educational experts, but the poor long-suffering folk who actually DO the teaching and who administer the tests), students themselves… I’m sure with the right amount of focus groups we could easily double your 2,173 reports (which seems like a very weak lower bound to me). You might ask if the number of reports which have genuine value is a positive integer, and the answer is probably no.

      1. one intelligent opinion piece in the general media
        a couple intelligent blog posts
        Keep stirring the pot Marty.

    1. There cannot possibly be meaningful action if there is no prior meaningful understanding of the problem. But the accepted experts on analysing the problem are the same education cultists who got us here.

  2. Thanks Steve. Good one. My concern is not with the number of reports but the number of genuinely useful ideas. In this case, the gap between the two is annoying.

  3. RF,

    Ok … Then we are on harder ground of rare events ?… Like acurately predicting the next serious earthquake or other major seismic activity. Eg I think Wellington NZ is due a big one in the next 100 years but costing for it is difficult which is why there is a National Insurance disaster fund over there

    Steve R

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