Event / In Conversation
Jane Caro and Chris Bonnor
What Makes a Good School?
Published by: New South Wales Uni
In conversation with Maralyn Parker
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Cost: $10/$7 conc. gleeclub welcome
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How much of what you hear about schools can you trust? Can you believe the marketing hype about unsurpassed facilities, genius teachers and stellar academic achievement? Do you listen to neighbourhood gossip about your local school? Are government statistics the answer?
School choice has become one of the most agonising issues of parenthood. Chris Bonnor and Jane Caro have no magic formula, and agree that complex factors come together to make a good school. But drawing on their own experiences and knowledge as school principal, parents and advocates they give parents the tools to do homework about schools themselves.
They compare talk about schools – public, Catholic, private, selective, comprehensive – against the reality. They examine how good schools respond to the recurring crises in the lives of kids. They help navigate NAPLAN tests and the My School website. And they place their analysis squarely in the middle of the national discussion about education.
Schools have to be good for students, for parents and for the nation. What Makes a Good School? will help you to cover all bases.
Chris Bonnor AM is a contributing author to the Centre for Policy Development’s recent publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Chris is co-author with Jane Caro of The Stupid Country – How Australia is dismantling public education, a former high school principal and former President of the NSW Secondary Principals Council. He also manages a media monitoring website on education issues.
Jane Caro wears many hats: she is an author, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award-winning advertising writer. She runs her own communications consultancy and lectures in Advertising Creative at The School of Communication Arts at University of Western Sydney. She co-authored The Stupid Country with Chris Bonnor, and The F Word: How we learned to swear by feminism with Catherine Fox, and in 2011 published the novel: Just a Girl. She is a media regular, most frequently on The Gruen Transfer.