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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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Day Care for phones

Thousands of New York City teenagers who can't take their mobile phones to school can pay a dollar a day to leave it in a privately operated truck parked near their school. The expense can add up to $180 a ...

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Building a school brick by brick

An Australian teacher has answered her father-in-law's special request and helped build St Jude's in Tanzania, which now teaches 1500 students.   When Gemma Sisia went on a safari to the national parks of Tanzania in 1995 little did she ...

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Children equipped for Asian century

Australia has been complacent for too long and has at last realised it must teach the next generation as much as possible about our neighbours to the north. The rapid rise of Asia means that Australians find themselves in new ...

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Extra pupil free day for teachers

Schools will get an extra pupil-free day next year, so teachers can get their heads around delivering the new Australian curriculum. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced the additional staff development day - bringing to six, the total number of school ...

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