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Why teaching should be like medicine

What do a doctor and a teacher have in common? Potentially nothing, yet Professor Geoff Masters would like them to share something significant. Delivering a keynote presentation at the ACER Research Conference 2018, Masters, ACER’s CEO, explained his viewpoint. “The origins of ...

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What might help would-be psychopaths

We need to talk about Kevin. Kevin Khatchadourian is a 15-year-old boy who committed a massacre at his high school and killed his father and sister. Growing up, he exhibited early signs of psychopathy: chronic unrest during infancy, failure to ...

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The dangers of ‘high-rise’ parenting

J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise painted a nightmarish vision of the future. A microcosm of class warfare, residents of a tower turn on each other. As the social order decays, violence ensues. While real life high rises are more serene, they encapsulate hidden ...

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Malala Yousafzai coming to Australia

The youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, is set to address Australian audiences for the first time. The 21-year-old Pakistani woman will follow in Hillary Clinton’s footsteps by travelling to Sydney and Melbourne in December for the Women ...

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