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In The Classroom

Students meet world

Video conferencing turns schools into global crossroads.  By Fran Molloy It was 6 o’clock on a dark winter evening last term when the kids from Bronwyn Joyce’s Year 5/6 class came back to school with their parents, still in their ...

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Rebalancing act

Educators discuss how to get more emphasis on Asia into the Australian curriculum. By Aileen Macalintal. Researches look more at how to make Australians more ‘Asia literate’. Australia’s interest in Asia did not come overnight. In fact, says a scholar, ...

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Precious opportunities

A documentary inspired a school chief to spend his long-service leave helping poor children in Phnom Penh. It became a passion. By Antonia Maiolo In January this year, Simon Gipson, head of St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda, Melbourne, ...

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Asia literacy levels revealed

Government, teachers and principals heading in different directions on why Asian literacy is important. Australia will need to overcome a glaring mismatch between why teachers, principals and government believe Asia literacy is important, if it is to achieve the goals set ...

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Holiday in Cambodia

A documentary inspired a school head to spend his long-service leave helping poor children in Phnom Penh. It became a passion. By Antonia Maiolo In January this year, Simon Gipson, head of St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda, Melbourne, ...

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Building hope for Haiti

Two Australian teachers were so moved by the plight of the battered Haitians they decided to help rebuild a school on a remote mountainside. By Antonia Maiolo When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 all but one single ...

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The difference between Finland and Australia

Recent research by the National Centre on Education and the Economy (NCEE) in the US, demonstrates that the strategies driving the education policy of Finland, the most successful education system, are in bleak contrast to the current agenda for education ...

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World shock rankings

Should we be worried that our students’ performance in international testing is mediocre?  Cathy Wever reports As 2012 drew to a close, the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) announced results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) ...

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US state sets goals based on race

New education standards in Florida outline academic goals for public school students based on race. The revised plan sets lower benchmarks for African-American, Native American and Hispanic students, and higher ones for Asian and white students. The State Board of ...

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