Dean Ashenden


An end to the industrial model of schooling?

The latest Gonski report points a way to the future of school reform, but has not broken with its disastrous past, writes Dean Ashenden.

Dear Ms Plibersek

Labor’s shadow education minister faces the problem of working out why school reform has failed, and what a federal education minister could do about it.
Discussion paper

How does the education-economy relationship work?

A collection of articles on national education policy was posted to the TJ Ryan Foundation website during this year’s federal election campaign. Much of this commentary highlighted the failure of the campaign to confront the policy vacuum which faces administrators in tertiary institutions and those...

Money, schools and politics: some FAQs

Federal minister Simon Birmingham has fired the first shots in the latest battle of the school funding wars. Here’s Inside Story’s short guide to the terrain

Powerhouse or gravy train

Credentialism has distorted the direction and basis of half a century’s education and training policy, argues Dean Ashenden.