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Education is probably more gender-equal than you think

Women may be better-educated but they’re not being paid more. The latest gender equality scorecard from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed that, on average, men earn over $26,000 more than women annually. This represents a wage gap of 22.4 per cent. ...

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How to keep kids cyber-safe at school

The constant changes in technology can be overwhelming for schools. While the increasing adoption of online learning is transforming education, it’s also opening the door for sophisticated security threats, as well as a rise in cyber bullying, radicalisation and child ...

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Why PISA is moving towards creativity

Along with a relatively small number of countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and Finland and Scotland, Australia is unusual in that, as well as a focus on knowledge and skills, its national curriculum explicitly requires schools to teach certain ...

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About that suicide-school grades link

It’s the fatal phenomenon with silent symptoms. Now, there’s a clue that might help detect suicidal tendencies. A large, longitudinal Swedish study found that those who performed poorly at school were five times more likely to kill themselves later in life, and ...

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School readiness: a necessity not a luxury

Imagine the impact on prep teachers if all children starting school could confidently approach tasks, demonstrate an early understanding of literacy and numeracy concepts, focus for extended periods of time, hold a pencil correctly, socialise well with others and follow ...

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Eight-year-olds ‘making pornography’: #esafety17

‘Australia’s foremost cyber safety expert’ Susan McLean has some news: the average age at which an Australian child first views pornography is now eight. Disturbing? Yes. Truthful? No. The statistic is “definitely not” supported by research, an academic expert in the ...

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