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LIVESTREAM Fighting the Privatisation of Education

23 July 2020
7.45am – 8.45am AEST
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How are parents, teachers and activists successfully fighting the forces that are privatising public schools? US Education expert Diane Ravitch’s new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools examines the resistance to the forces trying to privatising America’s public schools. Whether it is corporations or philanthropists like Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Mark Zuckerberg, she shows how their ideas have failed and how the defenders of public education are winning.

Diane Ravitch will be joined by host Jane Caro, author of The Stupid Country: How Australia is Dismantling Public Education, Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator and deputy director of the Gonski Institute for Education (UNSW), and Angelo Gavrielatos, President of the NSW Teachers Federation as they discuss how schools in Australia and America are resisting privatisation of public education.

Presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Gonski Institute for Education, with the NSW Teachers Federation's Centre for Professional Learning.

Want to read Diane Ravitch’s book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools?  You can purchase it from the UNSW Bookshop by calling 02 9385 6622 or emailing


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Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, and a former US Assistant Secretary of Education. Originally a strong proponent of standardised testing in schools, she has been a central figure in critiquing the way it has been implemented. Her books include The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education and Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatisation Movement and The Danger to America’s Public Schools.

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Jane Caro

Jane Caro AM, is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She has published 12 books, including three novels Just a Girl, Just a Queen and Just Flesh & Blood, a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, and a memoir Plain Speaking Jane. She created and edited Unbreakable which featured stories women writers had never told before, which was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Her latest book Accidental Feminists about the life story of women over 50 was launched in 2019. She is currently working on a novel. She appears frequently on The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She has created and presented five documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She and Catherine Fox present a popular podcast with Podcast One, and Austereo, Women With Clout. She writes regular columns in Sunday Life and Leadership Matters and her opinion pieces appear regularly in The Saturday Paper, Fairfax and The Big Smoke

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Angelo Gavrielatos

Angelo Gavrielatos is the President of the NSW Teachers Federation. Prior to his election, Angelo lead Educational International’s (EI) response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education. EI is the global union federation representing teachers and other education workers globally. Angelo was the Federal President of the Australian Education Union (AEU) for 7 years prior to commencing work with EI during which time, among other areas of work, he led the national Gonski schools funding campaign. Angelo is driven by a fundamental belief in the transformative power of public education and what it means for each individual child and nations, small or large, as a whole. 

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Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and author who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland. Sahlberg has studied education systems, analysed education policies, and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about how to improve learning in all schools and why strengthening equity and equality are the best ways to build school system where all children can succeed. He is author of award-winning book Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland and his latest book with William Doyle is Let the Children Play: Why more play will save our schools and help children thrive. He is a Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW and lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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