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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

 

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

2 May 2017 | Australia
New funding plans announced by PM News Image

The Turnbull Government has announced new needs-based school funding, and an increased investment as part of a new initiative. David Gonski will lead a new inquiry, joined by Dr Ken Boston, also a member of the original review. Read More

1 May 2017 | Australia
Research reveals giving a Gonski doesn't help News Image

A new research report by Blaise Joseph for the CIS has labelled the Gonski funding as a myth. The report outlines where the funding model went wrong and suggests “Giving a Gonski” is not going to improve education for Australian students. Read More

30 Apr 2017 | Australia
Study: Maths leads to increased life satisfaction News Image

New research released by Westpac shows stronger maths skills could lead to a higher income and level overall life satisfaction. Westpac has partnered with digital maths platform, Mathspace, to provide free access for Australian students. Read More

30 Apr 2017 | Australia
New Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden recipes and activities book News Image

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) has launched its latest educational resource Step-by-Step Visual Cooking and Gardening: Accessible Recipes and Garden Activities. Read More

29 Apr 2017 | Australia
Schools not dressing girls for success News Image

School uniform codes that force female students to wear dresses and skirts are discriminatory and are affecting girls’ health and wellbeing according to Girls’ Uniform Agenda, an organisation launched in March. Read More

28 Apr 2017 | International
High test results in Asian schools, but at what cost News Image

The OECD recently published the findings of its first student well-being study. It shows that while East Asian countries are at the top of the league table of test scores they are at the bottom in student well-being. Read More

27 Apr 2017 | NSW
Applications for 2017 NSW Eco Schools Grants now open News Image

Educators and school communities in NSW are once again being encouraged to apply for an Eco Schools Grant to encourage their students to learn about the environment and develop an appreciation of it. Read More

27 Apr 2017 | Australia
Research: girls read while boys are encouraged in maths News Image

Girls from low and middle socio-economic backgrounds are better at reading than boys, while boys from high-socio-economic backgrounds are better at mathematics than girls, according to new research. Read More

27 Apr 2017 | Australia
Girls start school with more advanced behavioural skills News Image

Research has found that girls more than boys are starting school with more of the behavioural skills that have been shown to predict academic success, including the ability to pay attention and to control their behaviour. Read More