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This week in world school news

Elsewhere in school news this week… Second lady’s school riles Gaga Karen Pence, wife of US Vice-President Mike Pence was, up until now, a seemingly typical Midwestern woman. She taught, she painted, and she advocated for art therapy. She even tried her hand ...

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A popular classroom app’s ‘disturbing implications’

There’s nothing sinister about cute monster avatars, right? Wrong, say University of South Australia researchers. They evaluated the cartoon critter-laden classroom app, ClassDojo, and reached a worrisome conclusion, namely, that it ‘promotes controlling techniques of discipline and governance, rather than ...

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Adventure therapy: What is it? And does it work?

When you think of a nature-based treatment for unruly kids, you may picture a gruelling boot camp, with hard-nosed instructors who rule by fear. Adventure therapy couldn’t be further from that. Instead of harnessing nature’s tough elements, it appeals to its nurturing ...

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ATARs away! How Year 12 NSW students fared

Today, 17 and 18-year-olds around NSW are nervously refreshing their browsers. From 9.00 am AEST, their ATARs were published. Forty six students will have almost free reign over their choice of university degree – if they are pursuing that path. Twenty-seven males and ...

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