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Vaccination-autism myth lingers: poll

With disease-free sandpits now on the national agenda, all parents might have to support child vaccination. But this doesn’t mean many aren’t worried about it. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, bears this out. Conducted by researchers ...

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One in five Year 4 students bullied at least once a week

A fifth of Australian Year 4 students report being bullied at least once a week, and this contributes substantially to Australia’s declining performance in international school league tables. The Australia-specific results for the OECD Trends in International Mathematics and Science ...

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Call to simplify enrolments for NSW ethics classes

Primary Ethics, the provider of ethics education in NSW primary schools, has called on the NSW education department to make enrolment processes for its classes more transparent. Primary Ethics chief executive Leonie Johnson said the new process, which only requires ...

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Tutors coach students through NAPLAN: Dinham

A private tutoring industry exists for the purpose of helping individual students to ace NAPLAN, despite the test results being used to monitor schools’ overall academic performance, the University of Melbourne’s professor Stephen Dinham has revealed. Dinham, an education expert ...

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Joyce, Birmingham announce regional education review

The federal government is undertaking a review to form a policy blueprint for helping country students have the same educational opportunities as their city counterparts. Federal education minister Simon Birmingham said that around one-third of country students don’t complete year ...

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Teddy bear data held to ransom

Horror films featuring malevolent children are scary as hell for a reason: the cognitive dissonance between their innocent appearance and evil minds. Deceptive teddy bears are similarly frightening. In CloudPets’ case, their cuddly fur belies their privacy-breaching tendencies. The toy ...

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Five-year-olds develop app for preschoolers

In 1930, we had trampolines. Thirty years later, we got Transformers. In the 90s, it was all about the underwater walkie-talkie. Now, the latest iteration of child-designed toys is, of course, an app. Developed by 5-to-7-year-olds, in conjunction with social science ...

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