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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

 

8 Jul 2017 | SA
Top STEM educators announced in SA science awards News Image

Twenty of South Australia’s best scientists, researchers and educators have been named finalists in this year’s South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Three school teacher were among the winners. Read More

8 Jul 2017 | QLD
More funds for QLD preschools News Image

Sixty early childhood services in Queensland will share in $1.5 million in grants aimed to improve the safety and quality of service delivery, through the government's Small Assistance Grant Program. Read More

8 Jul 2017 | TAS
School health nurse program extends to district schools in TAS News Image

An extra 7.7 FTE nursing positions will be advertised bringing the total School Health Nurse’s to 29.7 across Tasmania, operating across 108 schools. The positions will be advertised on the Tasmanian Careers website from 12 July. Read More

7 Jul 2017 | NT
New book discusses bilingual education in NT News Image

The first detailed history of the innovative Northern Territory Bilingual Education Program, which began in remote schools more than 40 years ago, was launched at Charles Darwin University as part of NAIDOC Week. Read More

7 Jul 2017 | QLD
Booze from parents leads to teens heavy drinking News Image

Parents supplying their teens with alcohol are fuelling underage drinking and increasing the risk that their children and their children’s friends will drink heavily. Parents need to be educated about these harmful consequences. Read More

6 Jul 2017 | SA
Islamic Schooling Conference to focus on curriculum renewal News Image

The 2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference will take place from July 11-12 in SA. The focus will be on renewal of curriculum, including opportunities to integrate cross-curricula learning. Read More

6 Jul 2017 | Australia
Proposed merger will erode quality in before and after school care News Image

Before and after school care provider Sherpa Kids Australia has objected to a potential merger of its competitors Camp Australia and Junior Adventures Group, creating a monopoly for foreign owner Bain Capital. Read More 

6 Jul 2017 | QLD
Providing support key to classroom outcomes News Image

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism said with about 73 per cent of students on the autism spectrum enrolled in mainstream schools, the focus should be on ensuring all teachers and students are supported in an environment. Read More

5 Jul 2017 | Australia
OfficeMax partnership with Teter Mek sees craft range rebrand News Image

In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2017, OfficeMax announced their ongoing partnership with The Teter Mek Foundation with a rebrand of their arts and craft range to feature Indigenous art branded Teter Mek. Read More

1 Jul 2017 | Australia
NAIDOC Week aims to stem loss of Indigenous languages News Image

The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of NAIDOC Week, 2-9 July 2017. The 2017 theme, Our Languages Matter, aims to celebrate the role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity. Read More

30 Jun 2017 | Griffith University
Principals key to inclusive education for autistic children News Image

Director of Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence thinks school Principals should lead the way in adopting a whole-school approach to the education of all students, including those with autism and other disabilities. Read More

30 Jun 2017 | VIC
Indigenous high school students get hands on with biomedical engineering News Image

VIEWS is a partnership between RMIT, Monash University, Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne, and takes Year 11 and 12 Indigenous students, enrolled in a Maths and Science subjects, to tour the universities. Read More