What does risk really mean for the education industry?

I was very privileged to have a short article printed online in the Curriculum Leadership Journal, a journal for people working in education in Australia and New Zealand (http://www.curriculum.edu.au/leader/).

It got me thinking: What does risk management really mean for teachers, curriculum designers, administrators and others in the education industry? Is the quality of students learning experiences being impacted? Are the political issues of stigma and blame a major factor in decision-making? Are a small number of parents having too much impact on education systems, or is the shift toward greater caution a widespread turn for the better?

I suspect that many in the education industry are frustrated at times due to risk management activities such as consent forms or the disappointment of activities being banned or no longer supported. I also suspect that many are glad that they are protected by certain aspects of risk management policy and procedures. How are people in the industry managing the benefits and the costs of risk management?

I look forward to your observations.



About Julie Rudner

With great excitement for the adventure we were about to go on, my mother would shout out, "We're off to see the Wizard"! It didn't matter if we were going to the shops for milk, the museum or a holiday. My mum focused on the joy of the everyday, knowing that if we engaged with life, we would always find something new and positive. With great animation my dad would explain the workings of things and how to pull things apart, put them back together, and if the situation called for it, make something new. My sister and I were taught to evaluate situations, make our decisions, and reap the consequences (both good and bad). We were encouraged to push our boundaries and not let fear prevent us from pursuing our dreams. Importantly, we learned to pick ourselves up, learn from our 'failures', and use our valuable lessons to build our confidence, independence and strength in ourselves.
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