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Measurements that matter

are the students themselves, much to our detriment, writes Lucas Walsh. Over the last three years, debates about the purposes and improvement of schooling in Australia have opened up across a range of fronts, from the national curriculum, investment in ...

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Minding the backyard

Groundhog Day. Policy by press release. Fiddling round the edges. The disappointment among educators at the policies put forward in this election is palpable. Some individual policies, such as Labor’s autonomy for school leaders and the Liberal’s plan for children ...

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Principal, detained

For principal Gerri Walker, working with South Australia’s marginalised youth is about rebuilding their frayed connections to society. Students enrolled in the centre’s two main campuses, Magill and Cavan, and in its various community outreach programs are largely disconnected from ...

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Rattling the cage of reform

There are two are two institutions in our society that ensure that people serve their time. In one you get out early for good behavior and in the other you get out early for bad behavior. One of them is ...

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The medium and the message

There is a popular tendency to attribute a great deal, if not most, of the ills associated with young people and social change to the pernicious influence of the media. Many media scholars and cultural commentators deplore this tendency as ...

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Seizing the brightest future

What can be done to help students be more engaged in their learning and make consistent progress in their academic work? Latest research has shown that a student who is focused on pursuing his or her academic personal best by ...

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No man is an island

Appearing as a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a delicate fusion of culture, language and remote geography. Located 2600km north west of Perth, Christmas Island District High School is home to an eclectic mix of Chinese, ...

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Switching energy resources on

The Victorian Solar in Schools (VSiS) program has designed resources that can be used by all Australian schools to build understanding of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The materials were developed in partnership with inspirational teachers and students from four ...

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The new imperative

Today’s school leaders are required to deliver a new national curriculum, administer a comprehensive national testing program, respond to political demands for unprecedented transparency, and be accountable for learning outcomes. Schools are being asked to continue doing what they are ...

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A greater purpose

The task for teachers is always to educate their students, not just to give them schooling. By schooling, I mean the functional apparatus of schools, textbooks, lesson plans, units of work, assessment. Education is more than that. It is what ...

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