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Kids’ sleep guidelines spell out shut-eye

New guidelines show how much shut-eye children should be getting. The recommendations range from up to 16 hours daily for babies to at least eight hours for teens. They come from a panel of experts and give parents fresh ammunition for ...

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Five tips for getting girls into STEM for good

The gender imbalance in STEM fields is well documented. The need for more women in physics, engineering and computer science-related professions – for example – is being pushed by universities, industry and, in this election cycle at least, politicians. But while STEM ...

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Measure students’ soft skills: Mitchell Institute

A university think tank wants the soft skills of schoolchildren to be measured, including critical thinking ability, work ethic and sense of community responsibility. The report Education data: Harnessing the potential, from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, states that these attributes should ...

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Ritalin linked to higher heart disease risk in kids

The controversial hyperactivity drug Ritalin has been linked to an increased risk of heart rhythm problems. A new study found that the drug frequently used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with an increased risk of abnormal heart ...

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Teach creativity, don’t measure it: school leader

You can’t measure creativity, nor the soft skills needed to thrive in jobs and tertiary education, so education should end its obsession with measurement and ranking, a senior educator has argued. Meredith Melville-Jones, director of Sydney’s Bradfield Senior College, said ...

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