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Game Over: Is ‘gaming disorder’ real?

While long suspected to be addictive, gaming that interferes with one’s daily life has now been designated as a “disorder” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Importantly, a “gaming disorder” diagnosis isn’t based on how much time someone spends on ...

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Is this the end of EPAC?

The NSW Employee Performance and Conduct unit (EPAC) was under siege this week with critics of the government unit calling it “opaque”, “slow” and “lacking procedural fairness”. The unit, which investigates misconduct in schools, has also been accused of using ...

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Looking back at Safe Schools

Since its inception in Victoria in 2010, the Safe Schools program was Australia’s most controversial anti-bullying campaign. While grounded in good intentions and empirical evidence, critics of the program viewed it as a form of social engineering, a radical form ...

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The times they are a changin’

Along with hunger, democracy and environmental sustainability, the question of how to fix the education system is a wicked problem, according to Alto Director Andrew O’Keeffe. As he puts it, there are no “silver bullets” – they are all “huge, ...

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Can NAPLAN be communicated better?

It’s that time of year again – the National Assessment Plan for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) takes place this week. Around Australia over one million students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit a total of four tests: ...

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