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Much ado about nothing

The government is enthralled by New York’s school report cards but overlooked its charter schools model which has helped disadvantaged students succeed. Australia abandoned technical schools whereas Finland, which tops international tests, has kept them at the senior secondary level. ...

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Opening the door

Just six years from now, the Victorian higher education system could look very different. Along with a mix of comprehensive and dual sector universities, TAFEs could have more higher education qualifications on offer, there may also be a polytechnic bridging ...

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There’s no place like home?

In their family home in suburban Sydney, Lindy Hadges and her children have just finished discussing Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It’s a novel they have all read together and from it springs a lively conversation about white slavery, prejudice and human ...

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Life at the chalkface

Australian teachers want professional learning opportunities in the same three areas as their international counterparts: students with special needs, ICT and student discipline. This is one of the headline findings of the recently released Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), ...

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Making the grade

They’re back. Professional standards for teachers – both their development and implementation – have re-emerged as a major priority for governments at federal and state level. Not everybody’s happy about it though. Some say there are too many players on ...

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Counting on business

Darragh O Keeffe reports. It’s a case of life imitating art. In an episode of the popular cartoon series, The Simpsons, a premonition shows the students of the local public school, Springfield Elementary, learning their maths lessons from educational videos ...

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Middle of the road

This year, the newly constructed Darwin Middle School is welcoming its very first intake into Year 9, with Years 7 and 8 students having begun at the school in 2008. On a state-of-the-art, purpose-built campus, students are taught by dedicated ...

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The gift of giving

Amid Australia’s worst ever peacetime disaster last month, organisations across the nation rallied to fundraise and support the victims of Victorian bushfires. While banks and big business got out their chequebooks, schools everywhere were also making a contribution, not just ...

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Learning at the chalkface

For some time there has been concern about the quality of teacher education courses,” says Professor Louise Watson of the University of Canberra. “Most of the recent reviews on the subject have suggested that university education departments are out of ...

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Show me the child

It’s been hailed as the “best ever” longitudinal study and in its 35 years of existence, New Zealand’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has produced some of the most remarkable findings about human development. It’s shown thumb sucking does ...

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