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The poor relation

I remember reading a newspaper article some time ago that said the adolescent brain doesn’t develop into an adult brain until age 25. The article referred to a research study where this had been scientifically proven. I went to work ...

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Let the conversation begin

Australia’s education system at the school level is high quality. When Australia moves to a national curriculum from 2011 it needs to be world class – and teachers and principals need to play an important role in achieving this. Soon, ...

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Putting the curriculum to the test

This is the view of John Alston Campbell, director of teaching and learning at Canberra’s St Edmund’s College, one of almost 150 schools selected to trial the curriculum. ACARA sought advice from the states and territories on schools to provide ...

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Board moves forward with AITSL work

The Directors, led by Chair Tony Mackay, are very conscious of and committed to the importance of their roles and responsibilities in the establishment of the Institute to provide national leadership in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and ...

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Casting a wider net

The recent media reports highlighting the launch of My School and the subsequent publication of league tables has prompted fresh public debate about how we measure and report school performance. The launch provides a timely reminder about the risks of ...

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Mind the other gaps

Because of the sheer significance of the issue, the Australian College of Educators has taken up the opportunity to respond to the Indigenous Education Action Plan 2010 - 2014. The draft is but the latest of a long line of ...

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A precious national resource

For residents of inner Sydney, barely a week passes without a dazzling and noisy fireworks display. No doubt these spectacles bring enjoyment, their value possibly diminished by their frequency. Lately, however, while watching the pyrotechnics and wearing my ACE badge, ...

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Voice of the Profession

We want our profession to be among those recognised by the community, including governments, for their expertise and capacity to contribute to public debate, policy directions and priorities. If educators want our voice to be heard, we have, of course, ...

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It’s time to refocus on the purposes of education

These ‘reforms’ invariably focus on single issues - pedagogy, organisational structures and processes, curriculum, teacher professional development, accountability and so on – and rarely form part of a coherent whole. The so-called ‘education revolution’ is an example of a number ...

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