26 September 2023

Schools called in for future purposes

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The Department for Education has issued invitations to all South Australians to share their thoughts on the purpose of public education in the State.

Offering everyone the chance to register their views, the Department invited people to do so by submitting a survey on the ‘YourSAy’ website.

It said it would use the opinions and feedback from the submissions to develop a purpose statement, a set of guiding principles and measures of success for the public education system.

“The world is changing, and the future we’re educating young people for will be different from today,” the Department said.

“We need to build upon statements such as the Alice Springs Education Declaration and the Statement on Public Education in South Australia to ensure what we provide meets our students’ needs and takes advantage of the opportunities we have as a community,” it said.

The Department said that purposes led to success for people in the past would not necessarily be sufficient for success in the future.

“While knowledge acquisition and achieving growth for every student will continue to be key to public education, our young people need to develop the skills to use and complement technology so they are first-class humans, not second-class robots,” it said.

“We need to be clear about what we’re trying to provide for our students so we can measure whether we’re achieving it.”

The Department said South Australia’s people, geography, communities and industries were all ‘unique’.

For more information and to have ‘YourSAy’ on the purpose of the State’s public education, submissions can be made at this PS News link.

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