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Pasi Sahlberg 

A series of urgent conversations about the Australian education sector

Influential writer, practitioner and researcher of global education trends, Pasi Sahlberg presents a series of conversations with passionate national and international education thought leaders discussing the urgency for Australian education reform.

In the Utzon Room | Talks & Ideas, Creative Learning

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“If we all think the same way, none of us probably thinks very much.”

Pasi Sahlberg

A series of conversations about the Australian education sector 

Influential writer, practitioner and researcher of global education trends, Pasi Sahlberg presents a series of conversations with national and international thought leaders sketching the rationale and urgency for reform of the Australian education sector.

Sahlberg believes that while we may boast some of the best schools in the world by international standards, we equally tolerate a system that enables some students to experience significant disadvantage.

As part of his work as Professor of Education Policy at the Gonski Institute, Pasi Sahlberg wants to initiate a conversation with the Australian community about how this can be addressed.

In these conversations, Sahlberg will lead dialogues on international standards, policy and the importance of play for children. These conversations will be directed by audience participation and will actively engage guests in thinking deeper and broader about the current problems of education.

Sydney Opera House is proud to be aligned with the Gonski Institute for Education in a new partnership to compliment and challenge our work on creativity and learning in schools.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney. 

In conversation with Eddie Woo and Nalini Joshi  

Wednesday 10 March, 6.30pm

Sahlberg’s first conversation is with arguably Australia’s most famous mathematics teacher, the charismatic, award-winning Eddie Woo, and Sydney University Mathematics Professor Nalini Joshi to discuss what makes mathematics beautiful and at the same time essential for Australia modern life. 

With more than 800,000 subscribers on his “Wootube” channel,  Eddie Woo proves that maths can be fun and playful. Woo’s ethos is grounded in equity of access and he uses technology to expand his classroom, reaching students and teachers across the country and the world. 

Maths of the Sydney Opera House

Join award-winning maths teacher, author and Wootube star Eddie Woo on a marvellous adventure around the Opera House uncovering the mathematical concepts behind the construction and design solutions of building.

“This cycle can be broken and if it is, then education will be at the heart of how it happens.”

Eddie Woo

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Tickets will mostly be sold in multiples of two, however limited allocations of single tickets and odd numbered groupings of tickets will also be available. Tickets may also be sold in single seat patterns for certain events. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

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Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

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