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Chris Bonnor and Rachel Wilson with Paul Kidson and Tom Greenwell

Chris Bonnor is a retired school principal and a previous head of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council. He is co-author, with Jane Caro, of The Stupid Country and What Makes a Good School. His more recent publications have been written with the late Bernie Shepherd and also with Christina Ho, in conjunction with the Centre for Policy Development. His other articles for Inside Story are here.

Rachel Wilson is Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Research methods and Evaluation at the University of Sydney. She is currently the program director for the master of education — management & leadership program. She has broad interests across educational evidence, policy and practice and is interested in system-level reform and innovation.

Paul Kidson spent twelve years as a principal in non-government schools. He completed doctoral study at the University of Sydney and, since 2015, has researched and taught school governance, educational policy and school leadership with a particular interest in social equity and the “common good.” He currently lectures in educational leadership at the University of Wollongong.

Tom Greenwell regularly writes about Australian education policy for Inside Story and the Canberra Times. He teaches history and politics in the ACT public education system and is a Professional Associate of the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. His other articles for Inside Story are here.