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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

 

19 Jul 2017 | SA
SA Research Project student expo News Image

SACE Research Project Student Expo is designed to inform students about to commence their Research Project. Past students will be exhibiting and discussing their projects, including Young Australian of the Year, Paul Vasileff. Read More

18 Jul 2017 | Australia
How to recruit more teachers for the student boom News Image

The Why Choose Teaching? report, just released by the LSIA at ACU, presents the results of a large scale teacher survey, aiming to discover the motivations and influences that have attracted practicing teachers to enter the profession. Read More

15 Jul 2017 | TAS
LoRa schools internet challenge for Tassie students News Image

Tasmanian schools are encouraged to engage with new technologies through the LoRa Schools Challenge. Students are invited to come up with the best new ideas of how a state–wide Internet of Things could improve lives. Read More

15 Jul 2017 | QLD
Child Safety data shows ice an ongoing problem for QLD families News Image

New data shows the number of children in need of protection because of ice use by parents has risen. While most referrals came from family, friends, neighbours, Police and Health providers, a smaller number of referrals came from schools. Read More

15 Jul 2017 | VIC
First of 10 tech schools in VIC scheduled for completion next year News Image

A new technology focused learning centre is planned for Victoria University’s Werribee Campus. Once constructed, the Wyndham Tech School will be one of 10 new Tech Schools planned for Victoria. Read More

13 Jul 2017 | Australia
AHISA pleased with Gonski's review panel News Image

AHISA welcomes the announcement of members of the ‘Gonski 2.0 Review’ panel, and are encouraged that people with valuable school leadership experience are represented on the panel. Read More

12 Jul 2017 | Australia
Listening to the indigenous voice in education News Image

ACER has released the Australian Education Review, which suggests that evidence-based research and evaluation programs requires the full participation of Indigenous people to successfully address the complex educational disadvantage. Read More

12 Jul 2017 | Australia
Gonski to lead review with panel of seven announced News Image

Minister Simon Birmingham released a statement naming the panel of experts that will lead an inquiry into ensuring that the new investment in schools actually boosts the results of Australian students. Read More

12 Jul 2017 | NSW
Failing to address the needs of gifted children News Image

Gifted students are the most neglected in Australia’s education system because teachers are not being given the training they need to meet these students’ special needs, according to a UNSW expert in gifted education. Read More

12 Jul 2017 | Australia
Rich kids in free public schools News Image

Blaise Joseph is an Education Policy Analyst at The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) and challenges the expectation of free education for high SES parents in a recent commentary on the CIS website. Read More

11 Jul 2017 | Australia
Teachers: satisfied but stressed News Image

The ASG-ACE Teachers Report Card reveals that 21 per cent have considered leaving the profession in the past three months. However 96% find their job very rewarding according to new research. Read More

8 Jul 2017 | QLD and NSW
Creeping commercialism in public schools worries NSW Teachers News Image

NSW Teachers Federation released a statement expressing concern over the Commercialisation in Public Schooling study, showing education technology companies benefitting from developing standards and data infrastructure in schools. Read More