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MGSE Media Mentions

Associate Professor Peggy Kern in:

Dr Jim Watterston in:

  • ‘How to train classroom-ready teachers’, The Educator, 25 November 2019.
  • ‘Australia’s lost students’, Pursuit, 28 November 2019.
  • ‘Report reveals tens of thousands of young Australians are missing from school system’, UoM Newsroom, 28 November 2019.
  • ‘The Australian education problem nobody wants to talk about’, RN Drive ABC, 28 November 2019.
  • ’50,000 children missing from school: Australia’s ‘hidden disaster’ revealed’:
    • The Age, 28 November 2019
    • Brisbane Times, 28 November 2019
    • WA Today, 28 November 2019
  • '50,000 children missing from school: Australia’s ‘hidden disaster’ revealed’, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 2019.
  • ‘Report reveals tens of thousands of young Australians are missing from school system’, Mirage News, 28 November 2019.
  • ‘New report highlights Australia’s missing student crisis’, The Educator Online, 28 November 2019.
  • ‘Report reveals tens of thousands of young Australians are missing from school system’, Mirage News, 28 November 2019.
  • Interview on ABC Radio Melbourne with Sami Shah aired on 28 November 2019. 
    Sami discusses Australia as a developing nation hence the supposed ability to access the United Nations requirement for every child having access to education and reports about 50,000 children are not receiving education at all. Jim Watterston explains the difficulty in measuring the number of children with no education because there are unrecorded students who opted out of the system. Jim mentions that many kids in regional and metropolitan areas do not attend schools because they are not wanted by mainstream schools because of not fitting in with mental health issues, behavioural disorders, and lower performance on national tests. He clarifies they are not being pushed away but the kids not coming back is not a bad thing for the school's reputation either.
  • Interviews featuring Jim aired on:
    • ABC Radio Sydney, Nightlife, 27 November 2019.
    • 2GB Radio Sydney, 28 November 2019.
    • 5AA Adelaid Radio, 28 November 2019.
    • 4BC Radio Brisbane, 28 November 2019.
    • 2SM Sydney, 28 November 2019.
    • 2EC Radio Bega, 28 November 2019.
    • 2BS Radio Bathurst, 28 November 2019.
  • Interview on ABC RN with Patricia Karvelas aired on 28 November 2019. Patricia says at least 50,000 young Australians have vanished from the education system across Australia according to a new report. Jim Watterston explains that in his research, 'Those Who Disappear: The Australian education problem nobody wants to talk about', they have discovered there a number of young people who are not in schools. He notes according to the UNESCO's International comparison data, Australia from 2018, there is a 173,000 young student gap in the 2016 census. He notes his research will help identify the difference between students disengaged from school and those who were detached. Jim proposes a unique student identifier where states could exchange data which identify students who haven't re-engaged.
  • Interview on ABC Kimberley with Vanessa Mills aired on 29 November 2019 Interview. Vanessa says there could be as many as 50,000 children and teenagers who have disappeared from school and disengagement from school is increasingly becoming a social and economic concern, but what is surprising is how easy it is to detach from school. She notes a report exploring the national issue was released called, 'Those Who Disappear: The Australian education problem nobody wants to talk' which was written by Dr Jim Watterston, Dean of the University's Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Jim says it was far too easy for up to 50,000 young people to fall off the radar when they stop going to school. He adds there are many different ways this could happen with a multitude of complexities that young people have and notes that mainstream education doesn't suit everybody.
  • ‘Divert fund to less-well-off rural schools, educators say’, The Australian, 3 December 2019.
  • Megan O'Connell writes, ‘Counting what counts – three things you won’t see in the PISA headlines’, The Mandarin, 9 December 2019.

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath interviewed on ABC Radio Hobart with Paul McIntyre aired on 27 November and 2 December 2019. Paul says nearly 70 per cent of people report a spike in stress during the Christmas holiday season. Jared says eight out of every ten people are afraid that stress is on the way with this holiday season. Jared mentions stress is a feeling and a mental interpretation of the bodily response. He says excess activity like squatting against the wall will burn off a lot of the stress chemicals and that people do not realise they are worried about their own expectations. He mentions exercise and sleep are important especially after having too many drinks from an office party. Jared says running simulations before the actual events will be easier before it happens.

Honorary Fellow Geoff Sharrock in:

Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies in:

  • ‘Old white men dominate school English booklists. It’s more time more Australian schools taught Australian books’, School News, 27 November 2019.
  • An interview on ABC Radio Hobart with Paul McIntyre aired on 3 December 2019. Larissa says she would advise parents to have a conversation with the person-in-charge of English at their school. She adds she encourages schools to review their curriculum. Larissa notes schools might want to consider informal book clubs and says there are 700 teachers who completed their survey and there are dominant books that came up most in terms of their practice. She adds some books are probably more important than others and notes it is about expanding the broad reach. Larissa says they should be celebrating Australian writing and bring it into the curriculum.

Laureate Professor John Hattie in ‘Critics say Gonski not the answer to PISA crisis’, Financial Review, 5 December 2019.

Learning Environments Applied Research Network in 'Vertical schools on the rise in Australian cities', Architecture AU, 6 December 2019.

Professor Barry McGaw in

Dr Chelsea Hyde interviewed on ABC Radio about dealing with ATAR results, aired on 12 December 2019.