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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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Researchers study teacher resilience

Dealing with disobedient and mischievous kids every day would make anyone feel fed up, so how do teachers cope with the stresses that come from unruly students? A Murdoch University initiative is investigating what makes teachers stay in the job ...

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Catching up with the students

Teacher development in ICT in the ever-changing modern classroom is important. With the increasing amount of digital technology in our lives, and policies such as the Digital Education Revolution in full swing in our schools, it is no wonder that ...

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Attendance up but learning down

Despite the number of African children enrolled in primary schools increasing from 56 per cent in 1999 to 73 per cent in 2007, experts warn that Africa is still in the midst of an education crisis. About 61 million children ...

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Race based goals spark debate in Florida

New education standards approved in Florida (USA) set academic goals for public school pupils based on race. The revised plan outlines lower benchmarks for African-American, Native American and Hispanic students, and higher ones for Asian and white students. The State ...

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