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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

 

29 Jun 2017 | WA
Abydos app will make students better at fractions News Image

A new maths game called Abydos, developed in WA, has improved Perth primary school students’ knowledge of fractions by more than 10 per cent over their classmates according to the developers' research. Read More

29 Jun 2017 | Australia
ACEL names New Voice Scholarship recipients News Image

The ACEL New Voice Scholarships are awarded to education leaders whose work has made a significant impact. This year, 16 scholarships have been awarded across three categories. Read More

28 Jun 2017 | Australia
Needs-based funding essential for most disadvantaged localities News Image

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre's report, Educate Australia Fair?: Education Inequality in Australia, examines the extent of educational disadvantage across and within Australia’s states and territories and among vulnerable groups. Read More

28 Jun 2017 | SA
SA student teachers in Bridging the Gap industry placements program News Image

The SA Government's Bridging the Gap program aims to connect science education with the real world by giving student teachers contact with industry via visits and site experiences. Read More

26 Jun 2017 | Australia
Men quit primary school teaching jobs because they feel stereotyped News Image

Men often appear to have advantage over women in the workplace, but not always in female-dominated industries. Male primary school teachers experience more stereotype threat, which relates to negative job attitudes and commitment. Read More

26 Jun 2017 | QLD
Music program helps teens handle academic stress News Image

The top two issues of concern for adolescents are coping with stress and school or study problems. Research shows that on average young people listen to 18 hours of music a week, which may be able to alleviate stress. Read More

26 Jun 2017 | NSW
NSW budget offers $100 voucher to get kids into sport News Image

NSW families will be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year from 1 January 2018 for after-school, weekend and school holiday sport and active recreation activities. Read More

23 Jun 2017 | Australia
Gonski 2.0 gets the go ahead News Image

The Turnbull Government's revised Gonski education funding plan received enough votes to be passed in the Senate late last night, despite resistance from the Labor party and Catholic school groups. Read More

23 Jun 2017 | Australia
Respect for teachers a must News Image

Ken Silburn, finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2017, thinks we must urgently raise teacher respect across Australia to attract the best candidates into the profession and “help young minds navigate a world in total flux”. Read More

22 Jun 2017 | WA
More education assistants in WA classrooms News Image

​More education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers in WA classrooms. And the Department of Education will amalgamate with Department of Education Services, School Curriculum and Standards Authority by July 1. Read More

22 Jun 2017 | Australia
New OECD report strengthens call for two years of preschool News Image

New international findings show high school students are performing the best in countries which provide at least two years of preschool, further backing the belief that two years of preschool is beneficial. Read More

21 Jun 2017 | Australia
Keeping students educated during and after a chronic illness News Image

Research by UNSW cancer specialists and psychologists finds teachers in Australia are uncertain about their role in supporting students with chronic illnesses, and makes four recommendations for improvements. Read More