Bookmarked Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence by an author (The Conversation)

Melbourne lies at the eastern end of a volcanic province, but when’s it going to blow? Understanding the geology of Melbourne and comparing it to Hawaii is really helpful in calculating risk.

Heather Handley, Jozua van Otterloo and Ray Cas respond to a news claim that what occurred in Hawaii could happen in Melbourne. I remember growing up with the message that all the volcanoes in Australia are extinct. This investigation instead suggests that the Newer Volcanics Province is dorment, with no activity for 5000 years.
Liked 'Pools with moveable floors': the private school arms race intensifies by Henrietta Cook (The Age)

The data, released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and an accurate snapshot of spending in the nation’s schools, shows the state’s independent schools shelled out $552.8 million on capital works in 2016.

This compares with $326.9 million for Victorian state schools, which educate 63 per cent of all students, and $343.7 million for Catholic schools.

Liked Why are the Liberals so terrified of our schools? (The Age)

We have had nearly 10 years of Labor’s MySchool website, which encourages parents to play the school system like the stock market. Low scores are punished with low enrolments, as privileged families flock to high-performing schools, and the least socially mobile remain at schools with the least resources to support them.
As a result, when public schools in Victoria have received meagre funding increases, these are too often wasted on programs that principals think will boost scores and reputation – even if they undermine real learning. Despite plenty of evidence that streaming actually reduces student achievement, select-entry programs are breaking out like algae plagues around the state. As are uniform policies that mimic private schools in pettiness and pricing.