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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

 

17 Sep 2017 | Sydney, NSW
New $10.5m science program to give 5000 NSW students hands-on biotech lab experience News Image

Over the next three years, an expected 5000 NSW students and 60 teachers in NSW are expected to engage in a $10.5m program through a partnership between The Amgen Foundation and The University of Sydney. The three-week in-class initiative provides intensive PD for teachers Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
$16.25m will replace asbestos-ridden building at 10 VIC schools News Image

Asbestos ridden buildings at 10 schools will be demolished and replaced with state-of-the-art modular classrooms costing $16.25 million in the VIC government's $155m School Asbestos Removal Program. The current phase includes the demolition and replacement of buildings at 30 schools. Read More

17 Sep 2017
Kids Alive - Do the Five water safety app launched News Image

Do The Five has launched a free app to help keep children water safe. The app is a free download in the Apple and Google Play stores and is aimed at parents and young children. It includes music, cartoons, eBooks with a focus on home, pool, beach and farm water safety. Read More

16 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Early Learning Achievement Report: Australia can do better News Image

Independent education policy think tank, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, has commented that a new report by Early Learning Everyone Benefits shows that early childhood education in Australia can, and must, improve.The report finds Australia has made good progress in recent years Read More

14 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
iNewsletter moves the school newsletter on parents' mobiles News Image

Naavi, developer of iNewsletter has urged schools to "get with the times" as research reveals that more than 60% of parents read their schools' newsletter on a mobile device. But most schools are still sending out their weekly bulletin as a PDF, which is cumbersome to access on a mobile phone. Read More

14 Sep 2017 | Australia
TEMAG Report Card shows strong progress in ITE reforms News Image

Education leaders met on 14 Sept to discuss their continued commitment to strengthening initial teacher education, which will lead to higher quality, classroom-ready graduates. Coinciding with the event was the release of the TEMAG Report Card. Read More 

10 Sep 2017 | Australia
K-6 Kiwis on top in Matific Maths Championship News Image

At the end of 10 days, Kiwi students are on top... and running 1-2-3 in several groups. Students have attempted more than 5 million questions and spent over 100,000 hours on the website. And it's not all hard work... students are having fun at the same time. Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Australia
App-based safety support for international students News Image

For 500,000+ international students [1], studying in Australia can be a life enhancing experience, but it also has unknown risks. A new emergency alert system provides app-based access to in-person critical incident and support services around the clock. Read More

10 Sep 2017
Quality student teachers point to a bright future for education News Image

A growing number of students are starting and completing postgraduate courses to qualify as new teachers according to a new report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). More than 18,000 students graduated from initial teacher education (ITE) in 2015. Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Victoria
Phillip Island Nature Parks to host two-day Teachers’ Expo News Image

What has three different ecosystems, 97km of spectacular coastline, strong educational programs linked with curriculum, unique wildlife, indigenous history, Victoria’s leading attractions and is only 90 minutes from Melbourne? Phillip Island of course! Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Sydney
Draft national guideline to improve diagnostic practices for Australians on the autism spectrum released News Image

Australia’s first draft national guideline for autism diagnosis have been released for consultation. The draft guideline aims to create greater consistency in diagnostic practices across the country to ensure autistic individuals and their families can be assured of quality and knowledgeable advice. Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Canberra
Girls sweep eight medals including gold at the Int'l Physics Olympiad News Image

YiJie Neo, a Year 12 student from John Monash Science School in Melbourne, has won a gold medal in the International Earth Science Olympiad in France, bringing the Australian team medal haul to 17 at the UNESCO-sanctioned 2017 International Science Olympiads. Read More