Students in Hurstville, a Chinese district in southern Sydney, have good academic performance.
In the past ten years, Byron Bay’s average weekly income has increased by 800 yuan (AUD, the same below). The traditional view is that education will also improve, but the NAPLAN scores of the children here have declined.
A family in Dover Heights, a high-end eastern suburban community, earns 2900 yuan per week, but the grades of third-year students at the school are on par with those of Bathurst and Ballina, whose family income is only half of the former.
Researchers at the University of NSW developed the Gonski Data Lab to track the performance of students in different suburbs and towns in NAPLAN. This is the first step of their long-term research project to study the impact of social factors on children’s schooling .
Adrian Piccoli, Professor of Educational Practice at the University of NSW, said that the study gave families and researchers a deeper understanding of some of the factors that affect students’ NAPLAN performance, such as parents’ attitudes towards education and the industry that provides the most jobs in cities and towns. Impact, and community expectations, etc.
He said: "Remarks on educational performance will inevitably involve schools, courses and school facilities. But the reality is that it is more affected by parents and the community, rather than just by school matters."
New immigrants pay more attention to education
Some of Sydney's best-performing suburbs are at the middle or lower end of the income range, such as Carlingfor and Hurstville. This is mainly due to the fact that newcomers pay more attention to education.
The average weekly income of the Goulburn family is higher than that of the Ulladulla family, but the grades of its students are much lower.
"Why is there a difference?" Professor Piccoli said. "Why is Cabramatta, which has a large Southeast Asian population, better than the North Shore?"
Of course, what matters is not how much the school has, nor how good the teachers are.The teacher on the North Shore may be the best you can find. "This is another way of looking at the problem."
Craig Petersen, chairman of the second-level principal committee, said that he used to work in a rural school where children’s grades have always been comparable to top city schools.
He believes that the reason for the success is not only the strong teaching staff, but also the influence of nearby scientific research facilities.
He said: “We don’t have children of scientists, but the desire and gratitude for higher education permeated the whole town. I think it’s the right way to consider social influence, and I also agree that many factors outside the school are different. There may be huge differences between communities."
Finally, although high income can provide children with a better learning environment and enjoy better learning resources, there are far more factors that affect children's performance.
But learning is only one aspect, and growing up healthy and happy is happiness.
"Chinatown" Fb shares selected Australian news daily, so that you can know the latest Australian news at anytime and anywhere @玩, @Immigration, @生活信息: https://www.fb.com/news.china.com.au/
[Welcome to the news to discuss cooperation! 】WeChat subscription account: news-china-com-au