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How to prevent deaths in the great outdoors

Can you guess how many people have died during school outdoor education experiences in Australia between 1960 and 2002? At 128, it might be more than you imagined. Yet the number of deaths – shocking as it is – isn’t the most sobering detail ...

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Can school shootings be designed-out?

Until Parkland survivor turned activist Emma González has her way, statistically, there will likely be more school shootings in the US. This means schools need to consider how to prevent, or at least mitigate them. While extreme strategies like arming teachers have ...

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What Australia can learn from Japan, South Korea

What do Japan and Korea have that Australia doesn’t? Well, obviously a multitude of things – not limited to an obsession with skincare and higher quality convenience store sushi. More importantly, however, these countries mandate that teachers change schools regularly. This ensures ...

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An alt-take on Morrison’s school funding announcement

Sector politics has long plagued school funding. But with the federal government’s announcement of an extra $4.571 billion for independent schools, partisan outrage has peaked. There’s even intra-party vexation. (Liberal) NSW Education Minster Rob Stokes told ABC Radio Sydney that it’s “not fair” ...

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