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Date posted: 27 March 2010
Noel Pearson, the director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership has taken issue with the policy reasoning underpinning two of the educational goals of Closing the gap: halving the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children within a decade and halving the gap in Year 12 attainment rates for Indigenous students by 2020. He believes the Government's current educational goals describe the desirable outcomes rather than set strategic policy targets. Mr Pearson argues that school readiness and attendance are the 'magic policy bullets' because achieving these target goals would have a significant positive flow-on effect to other educational outcomes.