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ERIC Number: ED417236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-6
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Third World or Third Millennium? Education and the Economy in Australia.
Townsend, Tony
The international trend toward the devolution of many decisions and responsibilities for managing schools to the schools themselves is a powerful influence changing the understanding of educational leadership. This trend is also apparent in Australia, where there has been substantial change in the way schools are structured, financed, and managed. In Victoria, the school reform initiative "Schools for the Future" is being replaced by an effort called "Schools of the Third Millennium." Along with decentralization has come concern about the managing of resources for education. Resource allocation has two central concerns, efficiency and equity. Both are essential when Australian schools face, as do schools of other countries, great problems in adapting to the technological changes of the future. The dominant theme for restructuring education is to make individuals, and therefore their countries, more competitive in the global economy. In both population and economic terms Australia is a small nation, not competitive in many areas. To avoid a situation in which much of the population works for Third World wages, Australia must shift from a concentration on manufacturing and selling goods to producing and disseminating knowledge. High technology is the wave of the future, and Australia, must use its educational system to prepare its citizens for increasing technological change. Promoting the Third Millennium rather than the Third World is what is needed to make Australian schools effective. (Contains 8 tables and 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia