Restoring our Edge in Education

August 2007

This discussion paper, Restoring our Edge in Education: Making Australia’s Education System its Next Competitive Advantage, finds that too many young Australians are being left behind by our school education system.

The paper highlights that Australia is at risk of falling behind countries such as Finland, Japan and Korea when it comes to measuring key education outcomes in areas including maths and science learning and attainment.

In responding to this challenge, the paper identifies a five-point plan to overhaul school education so that every young Australian has access to a world-leading education system.

Restoring our Edge in Education comprises a paper prepared for the Business Council of Australia by Professor Geoff Masters, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for Educational Research, titled ‘Education: Some Policy Considerations’, preceded by a summary analysis and recommendations authored by the Business Council of Australia.