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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

 

22 Aug 2017 | NSW
2018 Musica Viva In Schools celebrates cultural diversity News Image

The 2018 program spans the globe, harnessing proven educational benefits on its quest to bring live music to schools. From the rice fields of China to the sounds of Da Vinci’s Italy and the childhood games of the Torres Strait Islands. Read More

22 Aug 2017 | Melbourne
New portal to create STEM stars News Image

AMSI has welcomed this week’s launch of STARportal, a new online tool designed to facilitate student engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Read More

22 Aug 2017 | Melbourne
Aussie actors launch free literacy program for schools News Image

Some of Australia’s famous faces are volunteering their time to read to children. The Equity Foundation has launched a free program in schools called Storyville that harnesses the talent of performers. Read More

22 Aug 2017 | Sydney
Scholarships to help Indigenous students flourish in STEM economy News Image

Indigenous school leavers are invited to apply for the Origin Foundation Grant King Indigenous Scholarships, which will provide two students with a scholarship to study Engineering or Science at UNSW. Read More

19 Aug 2017 | SA
Drug education in schools to be introduced if Libs win South Australia election News Image

SA Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has announced that, if elected in March 2018, a Liberal Government will introduce healthy living and substance abuse prevention programs to all school children. Read More

19 Aug 2017 | Australia
Open day tips for students and families News Image

Open Days are a good way to find out everything students need to know about courses, careers, applications and more. ACU has prepared tips to help school leavers get the most out of an Open Day. Read More

17 Aug 2017 | NSW
NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarship winners News Image

Twenty-one of NSW’s best teachers have been rewarded for their commitment to quality education with a 2017 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship, . The 2017 program awarded the scholarships across 17 program areas.  Read More

17 Aug 2017 | NSW
UNSW researchers win NSW Young Tall Poppies 2017 Science Awards News Image

Five young UNSW researchers will spend a year sharing their knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community after winning NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Read More

17 Aug 2017 | SA / UK
Aboriginal educator awarded inaugural King's College Fellowship News Image

One of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal educators, UniSA Prof Lester- Irabinna Rigney, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship through a new collaboration between the University of South Australia and King’s College London. Read More

17 Aug 2017 | QLD
Positive Parenting program to continue in QLD News Image

Families will continue to have access to an international parenting program developed at The University of Queensland, after renewed investment in state government funding. Read More

16 Aug 2017 | TAS
TAS Gov backflips on lowering school starting age News Image

The Tasmanian Government has backflipped on its proposal to lower the school starting age to 4.5 years and instead will provide an extra year of pre-school for vulnerable or disadvantaged children.  Read More

16 Aug 2017 | QLD
Drone flying lessons for QLD students during National Science Week News Image

Year 5 and 6 students from 33 QLD schools have received training and experience in flying drones during National Science Week. The Drone Experience included a presentation on real-world applications and a hands-on flying challenge. Read More