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Support for Direct Instruction

Over the weekend and earlier this week positive articles on Direct Instruction were published in National newspapers, with particular reference to the Academy and our work in the Cape.

The front page of The Australian weekend edition, featured an article titled, ‘Elite city students show Noel Pearson’s direct approach a winning formula.’ The article was then followed by an editorial on Monday titled, ‘A strong case for more direct instruction in class.’

The weekend article was generally supportive of Direct Instruction, highlighting the achievements of our students in the Academy and also those of selective school students. The article outlined that Direct Instruction is a method of teaching that can be used across a variety of schools from the privileged to the disadvantaged. In fact, many private tutors use Direct Instruction to teach students and prepare them for high performance in exams at top schools across Australia.

Noel is a strong supporter of the broad use of Direct Instruction across Australian schools, as he states:

“If privileged kids from suburbs like Indooroopilly in Brisbane or Edge Hill in Cairns or from (Sydney’s) eastern suburbs did DI they would be more advantaged than they already are because DI is a program that works for the full range of students,” Mr Pearson said. “It just is particularly desperately needed by the most disadvantaged.”

The Editorial called for increased support for Direct Instruction in Australian schools;

“Direct Instruction works. As reported on Saturday, it has improved standards in Mr Pearson’s Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy. It has helped competitive city students gain entry to selective schools and lift their HSC scores. Parents know it works, which is why so many families pay at least $50 an hour for private coaching.”

The articles indicated Government support for Direct Instruction at both the State and Federal level:

“Northern Territory Education Minister Peter Chandler has indicated he is considering adopting the Cape York model for indigenous students in his own jurisdiction and the DI style has the backing of his federal counterpart, Christopher Pyne, who would “prefer” to see more of it. Whilst Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary, Alan Tudge, said the model was transformative.”

We were pleased to see our students, Riana Peemuggina and Viona Marpoondin. featured in the weekend article, what a great photo!

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