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Too much of a good thing counters benefits

However, working families who access longer hours of care and combine multiple preschool and informal care arrangements, may be doing more harm than good. If children spend more than 30 hours per week in care, poorer cognitive and emotional outcomes ...

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Bullying not on rise: Rigby

Dr Ken Rigby, Australia’s leading bullying expert, said there was no evidence to back up the claim. “In fact, there is reasonably good evidence to show it’s in decline. A longitudinal study in Europe and North America over 12 years, ...

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The highs and lows of drug education

The findings are from the first qualitative analysis of the Life Education program, a drug education program which is now a core part of primary and secondary curricula. Parents underestimate the importance of their role in drug education, said Jenny ...

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Down but not out

Brendan* was just about to start high school when he became ill. Before the onset of his illness he was academically capable and socially competent. His condition meant prolonged absences from school and before long his grades were slipping. Increasingly ...

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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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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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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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