Whether the ATAR system is discouraging hard work, why some of the top Australian students have declining results and whether families need to play a bigger role in education are some of the thorny questions a new high-profile group of education experts and industry leaders is hoping to answer.
The University of NSW’s Gonski Institute for Education, which is led by former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli and includes and Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg, will hold its first advisory board meeting on Monday.
“One of the aspects that makes us a little bit different is that we’ll use the best people from different faculties and take an interdisciplinary approach, because some of the problems we’re dealing with are not just limited to schools,” Mr Piccoli said.
“An element is what is happening in parenting because you can’t land every problem at the feet of teachers alone.
“Another thing we want to look at is the things that are driving higher-end kids to not be performing as well as they used to. A lot of universities don’t have prerequisites any more and the way ATARs are structured makes it a disadvantage for kids to do harder subjects. They’re all questions we need to work on.”