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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

 

21 Jun 2017 | Australia
Senate debate begins on Gonski 2.0 News Image

The first bill on the Senate's agenda today is the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. Members of the Senate are being targeted by the AEU and Catholic Education Commission of Victoria in an attempt to thwart Gonski 2.0. Read More

21 Jun 2017 | VIC
Ivanhoe Grammar School teacher wins major tech award News Image

TeachTech Play organiser, Steve Brophy, recognised for outstanding contribution in teaching technology by being named Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria’s 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. Read More

20 Jun 2017 | NSW
More funding for NSW schools to meet enrolment surge News Image

NSW Government announced a budget of $4.2 billion over the next four years on capital expenditure to cater for surging enrolments. There is expected to be enrolment growth of 164,000 more students in government schools by 2031. Read More

20 Jun 2017 | International
Australia teaching English better than the English News Image

Research from Curtin University has found England's curriculum to be more rigid in what and how teachers are able to teach English, while the Australian curriculum provides greater creativity and flexibility. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | NT
Kormilda College in NT acquired by Haileybury News Image

Haileybury has reached an agreement to acquire Kormilda College in Darwin. Kormilda almost closed last year until the Federal Government agreed to fund the school for 2017. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | Australia
Australia’s best science and maths students take on the world News Image

Twenty-seven of Australia’s best students will represent Australia at the UNESCO International Science and Mathematical Olympiads, with girls breaking gender stereotypes and making up nearly half of the science teams. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | SA
Scholarships available for teachers to complete their Masters in SA News Image

School and preschool teachers in SA can apply for a Masters for Teachers scholarship, provided by the SA government. The scholarships aim to support teachers looking to build on their current knowledge and teaching methods. Read More

18 Jun 2017 | Canberra
Gonski 2.0 update News Image

This week, the Australian Senate will vote on the new Gonski funding model. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has commented that he is "really hopeful" they will get the legislation through. Read More

17 Jun 2017 | SA
Federal funds to be revoked from non-compliant Islamic College of South Australia News Image

The Federal Government has announced that an internal review has reaffirmed the decision to revoke approval for access to Federal funds for the Islamic College of South Australia. The school has been notified of the decision. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | QLD
Application essay for prospective teaching students in QLD News Image

From August 2017, prospective teaching students will be required to submit a 1000-word essay on why they want to teach before being accepted into Queensland universities. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | International
Children with food allergies more likely to be victims of bullying News Image

Children and adolescents with food allergies are more likely to be a target of bullying than their peers without food allergies, a new review of research shows. More than 30 percent reported being bullied solely because of their food allergy. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | QLD
A teacher aide for every Prep class in QLD News Image

From 2018, over 100 additional full-time equivalent teacher aides will be allocated to ensure that all prep teachers in QLD state schools can be supported by a teacher aide. Read More