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Courts to decide on religion classes

Sex, politics and religion, once taboo subjects in polite conversation, are now common fodder for robust debate and protest in our communities. But no subject is so divisive and capable of generating such intense passion as religion, especially when it ...

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Gonski momentum slows

Eight days in August and eight in September. Six in October and five in November. That’s all the time that the House of Representatives has scheduled to sit in the second half of 2012. While only one or two days ...

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Weathering the winds of change

The discipline of education seems to never be far from the spotlight of political and community focus. We see frequent calls from politicians, parents, economists and industry leaders to improve school learning outcomes by improving the quality of teachers. It ...

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The good, the bad and the gamer

The behaviour of teens over recent years has been changing, most would claim not for the better. Teachers and parents bemoan the rise of problematic behaviours in the classroom, playground and in the home. The “naughty” and disengaged boys show ...

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Arts ‘short-changed’ in curriculum

A recent discussion of Dr Chris Sarra’s Stronger Smarter Program on Big Ideas (ABC Radio National) addressed the relationship of high expectations to attitudinal change in an indigenous school community. In building high expectations within a community of teachers, positive ...

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Learning to flick and think

When I deliver professional learning for educators, I am sometimes asked about how I find the time to keep up with the exponential growth of information. I’m almost embarrassed to say, I probably don’t invest any more time than most ...

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Embracing textbooks and Twitter

The NSW Education Department has announced it will review its current internet filtering policy. This announcement is not before time. Relevant 21st century learning and teaching demands we engage with the tools of today’s world, the technologies young people know and ...

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Swapping asphalt for grassy hideaways

Landscape fulfils two essential roles in children’s lives and education; as a place of play and as a place to experience nature. In today’s society, both of these things are diminishing or being challenged. Why is this? And why is ...

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