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How parents decide on a private school

As is the practice in some circles, Jessie has already private high school-shopped for her toddler. Her multi-ethnic three-year-old is advanced for her age, so Jessie knew she wanted to choose a school that embraced both multiculturalism and academic excellence. ...

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The highs and lows of vertical schools

Overcrowding in our major cities has prompted shrill warnings from politicians. Melbourne, which has been designated the fastest growing city in the southern hemisphere, has drawn particular concern. “We have to play catch-up on essential infrastructure,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said ...

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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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