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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

 

17 May 2017 | Australia
Sporty kids have physically active parents who volunteer in sports News Image

New data released today by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) highlights the strong link between physically active parents and their children's involvement in sport and their physical development Read More

16 May 2017 | NSW
Long term need for demountables in growing NSW state schools News Image

Documents released under FOI have revealed that one in 10 classrooms in NSW schools are demountable and more than a third have been in place for over a decade. Read More

16 May 2017 | WA
Teens cope better with their friends News Image

Research has found that teenagers’ reliance on their peers is good for their development and sense of belonging, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a stressful event, like failing a test. Read More

16 May 2017 | VIC
More Victorian families don't send kids to local schools News Image

A recent report by the Victorian Auditor–General Office has revealed more than half of parents are choosing to send their children to government schools outside their designated neighbourhood school's catchment. Read More

15 May 2017 | Australia
Aussie kids second last on scorecard for physical activity News Image

The Pedestrian Council of Australia's National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 19 May is an opportunity for families to create new healthy and active routines for children and even set a lifelong habit change. Read More

15 May 2017 | Australia
Study: reduced exposure to pokies needed for children News Image

A study examining kids' attitudes to electronic gambling machines found more than half the children interviewed wanted to try pokies when they were older, due to exposure at dining venues with pokies in them. Read More

12 May 2017 | NSW
NSW Teachers Federation welcomes Labor's budget reply News Image

NSW Teachers Federation believes NSW public schools will lose $846 million under the Turnbull government’s plan for school funding and welcomes Labor’s budget reply announcement of greater investment in public schools and TAFE. Read More

12 May 2017 | International
Less TV for preps better for secondary communication skills News Image

A study has found that children who watch less than three hours of TV a day when they start primary school are more likely to communicate their ideas effectively when they move on to secondary school. Read More

11 May 2017 | Australia
Nominations open for John Laing Professional Development Awards News Image

PAI has launched the John Laing Professional Development Awards 2017 to acknowledge principals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in providing professional learning in schools. Nominations close 31 July. Read More

11 May 2017 | Australia
NAPLAN embargo ends 19 May News Image

NAPLAN testing concludes 11 May. An embargo on NAPLAN test material will be in place until close of business on Friday 19 May, to allow for any catch-up tests to be undertaken. Read More

10 May 2017 | Australia
Federal budget 2017: Education News Image

Education Minister Simon Birmingham believes "this budget will provide all children and students with opportunities to access quality early learning, schooling, higher education or vocational education and training." Read More

10 May 2017 | Australia
AEU says previous Gonski plan better News Image

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe believes the Federal Budget 2017 confirms schools will be $22 billion worse off over the next 10 years than they would be under the previous Gonski agreements. Read More