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Changing Attitudes in Tasmanian Education

‘Tasmanian education has been the subject of intense debate in recent months involving academics, teachers, politicians and members of the wider community. The focus of public attention has been on the poor comparative performance of local schools and particularly the failure of many students to complete year twelve. Particularly pressing is the evidence that in this regard the Island falls far below the standard reached by all the mainland states. There is generally an appreciation that this situation represents a serious loss of potential both for the individuals in question and local society as a whole. There is clearly a strong communal sense that something must be done.’

This discussion paper has been prepared by the Richmond Public Policy Group, an informal network of individuals committed to more open debate about the direction of Tasmanian public policy. We value your comments which will be used to assist us finalise our representations to the Tasmanian Government, Opposition and other community leaders to stimulate new ways of approaching education and training policy development in Tasmania.

Richmond Public Policy Group

Contact Convenor:  Margaret Reynolds

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