Jenny Buckingham from the CIS poses the challenge to all Victorians of the 40,000 students in Years 3 to 9 whose reading and numeracy skills are either at or below the minimum standard and asks saliently,
what will allow them to learn and achieve at school?
Buckingham’s discussion piece compares and contrasts the election platforms of the major parties and questions the focus of many commitments.
The question. What to give a child who can’t read?
My answer: A village that cares.
Evidence-led, place-based planning is, in my view, a key ingredient in the challenges we face to address inequality and social and economic mobility. It is timely to re-think and re-cast the role of place-based planning or “area networks” such as Local Learning and Employments Networks. [Caveat: I have worked in and consulted for such networks].
Centralised, homogenous policy fails to connect; targeted, heterogeneous responses, coordinated at a place level, whilst challenging and more difficult for Government, is ultimately a more precise and effective way forward.
Time [and evidence] will tell.