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A ‘free range’ school, three years on: EduTECH 2018

Templestowe College, in Melbourne’s north-east, is the antithesis of ordinary. Though it has typical markers: public, mostly middle-class, and average NAPLAN results, its teaching style is radical. While Year 8-level literacy and numeracy attainment is mandated, almost everything else isn’t. There are ...

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Save the dolphins, from the classroom

For years, there have been intermittent reports of animals in captivity lashing out, and even killing themselves and their trainers and keepers. The 2013 documentary Blackfish brought this issue into sharp relief. It told the story of Tilikum, an orca whale implicated ...

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‘Downward spiral’ in STEM can be stopped: ACER

STEM has been an educational buzzword for so long, some have begun to question its validity. Nonetheless, the STEM crisis persists. Last week, an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) report, Challenges in STEM Learning in Australian Schools, posed three possible solutions ...

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