From the earliest days of the British Colony, Anglicans have been central to Australian schooling. Throughout the often bitter arguments leading up to the Public Instruction Acts of the 1880s, Sydney Anglicans have provided two fundamental pillars in education: a direct role in the founding and continuance of Public schooling; and the much smaller denominational private schooling sector. In the last 40 years, however, these long-established roles have radically shifted. Anglicans now experience an increasingly troubled relationship with public schooling, but have seen an expansion in the private schooling sector. What role the Anglican church plays in education and society moving forward, remains underexplained, in contrast to the huge influence of its schools.
Cost: Free (includes supper)
When: Wednesday 3rd April 2024, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: In person and via Livestream. Moore Theological College, 1 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Associate Professor David Hastie is Deputy Vice President, Development of Alphacrucis University College (AUC), and Executive Director of the State funded National Embedded Cross-Sector Teacher Education Pilot (NECSTEP). He has served as a Member of the NSW Council of Deans of Education, and was seconded in 2022 by ACARA and the Federal Education Minister as an expert consultant on the new Australian History and Civics curriculum. He has published widely in academic and mass media, including detailed examinations of the role of religion in the 19th Century Public Instruction Acts, and the role of religion in historical and contemporary Australian Education more generally. David previously served as Education Strategist for The Anglican Schools Corporation (TASC), and prior to that as an educator in four Independent schools since 1997.