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English grammar – how can teachers upskill?

In recent years, there has been ongoing discussion about whether mainstream primary and high school teachers are sufficiently prepared to fully implement the language components of the Australian Curriculum. Over the past decades, educators have successfully delivered the functional genre ...

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Autism friendship belief challenged by research

This year, the international journal Autism replaced its cover art of overlapping grey and red puzzle pieces with scattered circles, after a team of editors decided that puzzles evoked negative connotations of the disorder. Yet autism is puzzling: we still don’t even know what causes it. Autism assumptions ...

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An alt-take on Morrison’s school funding announcement

Sector politics has long plagued school funding. But with the federal government’s announcement of an extra $4.571 billion for independent schools, partisan outrage has peaked. There’s even intra-party vexation. (Liberal) NSW Education Minster Rob Stokes told ABC Radio Sydney that it’s “not fair” ...

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How to get teens with autism into the workforce

Despite Hollywood’s (increasing) portrayal of brilliantly successful autistic savants – from Rain Man to The Good Doctor – the reality of employment for those with autism is the opposite. ABS data suggests just 40 per cent of people with autism work, compared to ...

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What might help would-be psychopaths

We need to talk about Kevin. Kevin Khatchadourian is a 15-year-old boy who committed a massacre at his high school and killed his father and sister. Growing up, he exhibited early signs of psychopathy: chronic unrest during infancy, failure to ...

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