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Education spending ‘incoherent’: Mitchell Institute

An education policy and research body has rebuked the government for its approach to sector funding, calling it “disjointed”. Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, in its report Expenditure on Education and Training in Australia 2017, based its view on 2015-16 federal, state ...

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Opinion: the pressure-cooker lives of Singapore’s teachers

Twelve-hour days and big classes are realities that Singapore’s teachers face daily. Such conditions create stressful work environments which impede their capacity to live up to their global reputation for teaching excellence. They are usually too exhausted to be the classroom innovators they ...

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Principal pleads for cutback in skills, increase in knowledge

Educational institutions prioritising teaching skills over knowledge is “seriously fuzzy thinking”, says Elizabeth Stone. The principal of Queenwood School for Girls, an independent school in Sydney, presented her views on this at the launch of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. She’s right in ...

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Trial of high school ‘paradigm shift’ a triumph

Picture an entrepreneur. Maybe a rock star one like Mark Zuckerberg, or a more socially-conscious, local one like the guys from Who Gives a Crap. Then imagine the skills they drew on to scale their businesses, things like ambition, problem-solving, communication ...

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