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Australians trust school teachers more than ever

Teachers may be flustered by the advent of the My School website, showing individual schools’ NAPLAN scores, but perhaps they needn’t be. A Roy Morgan Research survey has revealed they are the fourth most trusted professionals in Australia. The market ...

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Aussie author slams Singapore’s education system

Each time international PISA and TIMSS results are released, the word Singapore is breathlessly mentioned. Although the city state continuously tops these tests, cracks are beginning to show in its educational veneer. Several academics have pointed out flaws in the tests themselves, including ...

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Internet addiction in the wired generation

According to recent figures, about twice annually, a gamer dies. In January 2015, A 32-year-old man was found dead in an internet cafe in Taiwan. In September that same year, a Russian teenager died after playing Defence of the Ancients ...

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Gonski 2.0 reactions range from welcoming to irate

After its relatively whirlwind journey, the Gonski 2.0 school funding package has passed into law, thanks to the support of several crossbenchers. The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), for one, is satisfied. ISCA executive director Colette Colman told Education Review the ...

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Islamic school gets the final funding chop

It seems all their non-legal avenues are exhausted. Adelaide-based Islamic College of South Australia will not receive further funding, an internal review of a government decision has confirmed. Education minister Simon Birmingham said the internal review’s decision, which upheld that ...

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