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In The Classroom

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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More work and less pay in the US

Across the developed world teachers earn, on average, less than other workers with university degrees. But teachers in the United States are paid even less than their counterparts in most developed countries. According to an annual report on the state ...

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Inside the VCE

The Victorian transnational education experience, especially with China, has provided widespread benefits for students and the community. During the years that preceded China's entry into the WTO in 2001 Chinese high schools were encouraged to focus on the teaching of ...

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UK lowers standards for playing fields

Great Britain might have finished third on the medal table at the London Olympics but debate continues about the amount of playing field space available to children. The government education secretary, Michael Grove, has relaxed the rules that set out ...

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Online tutoring proves a hit

A homework hotline, open until 10pm, six days a week, is catching on with teachers and students. Kirrawee High School in Sydney's south began subscribing to yourtutor, a one-to-one, online homework centre, at the end of term two with pleasing ...

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Shall I compare thee to a rabbit

Students throughout the Sydney region are being encouraged by teachers to get creative, as part of a literacy competition called The Poetry Object. The competition, run by The Red Room Company, encourages primary and secondary students as well as their ...

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US student exchange group hits a hurdle

The San Diego-based Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) has been suspended from the US visa program used by students on exchange trips over undisclosed rule violations. The US State Department says the suspension affects eight students currently in the US and ...

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Education aid for Burma announced

Australia will spend $80 million over the next four years in an attempt to increase the number of Burmese children completing primary school. Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Saturday announced the new funding while visiting AusAID education projects in Burma. ...

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From little things big things grow

Having spent three and a half decades in the education system, Lou Single has learnt a thing or two about teaching, young people and the challenges that come from disadvantage. For the past eight years Single has been working at ...

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