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Studies cast doubt on screen time rules

When five pm hits, Jessica flicks on the TV. She knows Lula, her two-and-a-half-year-old, will pass the witching hour in relative peace watching ABC Kids. Screen time rules proponents may caution her: no more than that per day, until Lulu is ...

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How parents decide on a private school

As is the practice in some circles, Jessie has already private high school-shopped for her toddler. Her multi-ethnic three-year-old is advanced for her age, so Jessie knew she wanted to choose a school that embraced both multiculturalism and academic excellence. ...

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A popular classroom app’s ‘disturbing implications’

There’s nothing sinister about cute monster avatars, right? Wrong, say University of South Australia researchers. They evaluated the cartoon critter-laden classroom app, ClassDojo, and reached a worrisome conclusion, namely, that it ‘promotes controlling techniques of discipline and governance, rather than ...

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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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