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Gillard’s holy grail

One might have thought that when the My School website became a reality on 28 January, the debate over school transparency and performance reporting would fade. Undoubtedly, such as assumption would have been wrong. Since then, there have been threats ...

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An education for life

It’s a curious fact, but along with incisive minds greedy for knowledge, academically gifted children have recently been found to hunger for and nurture utually beneficial social connections and friendships. “A real friend is a place you go when you ...

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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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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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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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