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Are zealots good for schools?

Dennis Sleigh

I suspect that most people appreciate enthusiasm but it is a short distance between enthusiasm and fanaticism – and once that line is crossed, we have real problems. Today, when so many people – professionals, parents, pressure groups and politicians – seem anxious to reform schooling, it is easy to find enthusiasts, and it is inevitable that some of these are borderline fanatics. Read More

 

15 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
ATARs no barrier to careers News Image

It was cheers or tears for thousands of school leavers today as the ATAR scores were accessed early this morning but with the world of work changing rapidly, is a high mark as important as it once was? Read More

15 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Innovative resource for safeguarding children News Image

It is timely that the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has launched an innovative web-portal that provides safeguarding initiatives and preventative approaches to child sexual abuse within organisations. Read More

14 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Next gen entrepreneurs News Image

Are entrepreneurs the new celebrities? If research is to be believed it looks like a big ‘yes’ with 90% of kids indicating that they want to follow the example of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and the Google guys. Read More

14 Dec 2017 | Sydney
NSW public school students shine in HSC News Image

Some parents in NSW will be having a good look at why they’re sending their children to expensive private schools after the release of HSC results for the state this year. Read More

14 Dec 2017 | Sydney
ATAR not everything News Image

Student’s futures don’t have to live and die by their ATAR score as an increasing number of institutions are looking beyond entrance rankings when admitting students. Institutions are now implementing their own admission requirements. Read More

13 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
NAPLAN three horse race News Image

It isn’t supposed to be a race but if they will release comparison tables the temptation to identify a winner in the NAPLAN results is too great. And it looks like NSW, Victoria and the ACT in a three-horse photo finish. Read More

10 Dec 2017 | Sydney, NSW
World leader in education policy, Pasi Sahlberg, joins UNSW and Gonski Institute for Education News Image

World-renowned Finnish educator Dr Pasi Sahlberg has been appointed a Professor of Education at UNSW Sydney and will work with the University’s new interdisciplinary institute focussing on educational access and excellence, the Gonski Institute for Education. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Australian preschoolers to learn new languages with ELLA in 2018 News Image

About 60,000 preschool children in the year before school will use tablet devices to access ELLA to learn one of nine languages next year using a series of seven interactive apps per language. Read More

8 Dec 2017
UniSA research to identify how schools foster refugee student resilience News Image

Often refugees don’t arrive with much but what they do have in spades is resilience; that will form the centerpiece of a Uni SA initiative designed to play to refugee children's strengths. Read More

8 Dec 2017
Arts degree a guarantee for future employment News Image

There’s a lot of uncertainty about what work will look like in the future but one thing is for sure; employers will be looking for flexible, agile thinkers... which is leading to a new regard for degrees like arts. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Inspirational teachers’ day made better News Image

Ten extraordinary primary and secondary school teachers have received a nice surprise with their students, colleagues and community anointing them as the winners of the 2017 A Day Made Better Teaching Awards. Read More

7 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Beating the summertime veg News Image

Apparently, the long summer school holiday has its roots in a time when kids were expected to help with the summer planting on the family farm, those days are long gone. Read More