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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

 

10 May 2017 | NSW
Passion for indigenous language leads to national award News Image

Dr John Giacon has won the Patji-Dawes award, Australia’s premier award for language teaching, which recognises achievements in language teaching in primary, secondary school, university, language schools or language centres. Read More

9 May 2017 | Australia
1.1 million students sit NAPLAN this week News Image

1.1 million students will be completing NAPLAN in its paper-based format this week. Schools will commence the transition to NAPLAN Online in 2018, with an opportunity to use the new technology in August and September this year. Read More

9 May 2017 | VIC
MIFF Schools program News Image

Previously known as the Next Gen section Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has introduced the MIFF Schools program, which entails eight films selected for school students screening July to August. Read More

9 May 2017 | Australia
New resources to support VET in secondary schools News Image

Schools, training providers, parents and students will benefit from a series of new videos and case studies that highlight best practise in delivering VET in secondary schools. Read More

8 May 2017 | QLD
Study: Lower NAPLAN scores could be result of eye problems News Image

Research from QUT has found that approximately 30 per cent of tested Year 3 students were identified as potentially having uncorrected eye problems. These students were found to have lower NAPLAN scores. Read More

5 May 2017 | Australia
Gonski 2.0 angers Catholic Education News Image

The National Catholic Education Commission is seeking talks with Government over detail of the new education funding announcement. Education Minister Birmingham commented that he will not be favouring one sector over another. Read More

5 May 2017 | Australia
Rural students disadvantaged in NAPLAN testing News Image

NAPLAN testing needs to be modified to be less discriminatory for rural students, says the University of Canberra’s Dr Philip Roberts, as some of the questions are metropolitan-focused. Read More

4 May 2017 | Australia
Secondary students in Wakakirri can earn Certificate II in Dance News Image

In 2017, the Wakakirri Challenge for the best Story Dance is celebrating 25 years and is launching an opportunity for Secondary students to gain accreditation in collaboration with Dance Factory. Read More

4 May 2017 | NSW
Study finds lack of interest and awareness in maths careers among students News Image

An Australian study into why students choose science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) careers has revealed a "dire" lack of interest in careers focused on mathematics. Read More

3 May 2017 | Australia
Mixed reactions to Gonski 2.0 News Image

Reactions have been mixed to the new education spending plan. AHISA has welcomed the announcement while the AEU has not and the Opposition Labor party has accused the government of cutting $22 billion from education. Read More

2 May 2017 | NSW
Opposition criticises $60m NSW school maintenance increase News Image

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes have added $60 million to the budget  allocated to reducing the school maintenance backlog, but the Opposition claims that the revised $390m total is still too low. Read More

2 May 2017 | SA
Online resources providing parents with guidance tips News Image

A series of free resources providing parents with tips and ideas for supporting their child’s learning at home are now available online. The series provides guidance on what parents can do in early years, primary and secondary school. Read More