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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

 

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

27 Apr 2017 | NT
Independent review of NT school funding model News Image

Ernst & Young will conduct an independent review of the Territory Government’s school funding model. The review is expected to be completed by August, and approved recommendations will be implemented for 2018 school budgets. Read More

27 Apr 2017 | VIC
Conference: 2017 Maintaining Parent Engagement News Image

Research report reveals the thoughts of families and schools about how parents facing social and financial struggles can support their children’s learning. The 2017 Parent Engagement Conference will be held in June. Read More

26 Apr 2017 | QLD
Telepresence robots destined for the classroom News Image

USQ trial demonstrates the benefits of using telepresence robots to help enhance remote learners' educational experience through a greater level of engagement. Read More

25 Apr 2017 | QLD
Suspicious fire at Dalby school News Image

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at one of Queensland's oldest schools, in Dalby (west of Brisbane). Preliminary investigations by Police indicate the fire was deliberately lit. Read More

21 Apr 2017 | ACT
Islamic school of Canberra loses Commonwealth funding News Image

Education Minister Simon Birmingham today announced that the Islamic School of Canberra has been advised that the school's approval for access to Federal funds has been revoked with effect from 30 June 2017 (end of Term 2). Read More

21 Apr 2017 | Australia
Maths-fuelled fiction News Image

A roboticist from QUT has developed a program aimed to encourage the thrill of maths, through a series of books with maths and science concepts embedded in the plot, currently available for free to schools. Read More

21 Apr 2017 | Australia
ANZAC day reading resources News Image

Reading Australia commemorates ANZAC Day with key teaching resources that explore courage and mateship, to assist classrooms to better understand the sacrifices and challenges Australian defence forces faced. Read More

20 Apr 2017 | QLD
Teaching kids about consumer rights News Image

The annual Buy Smart Competition is offering students the chance to win cash prizes and learn about consumer rights in a fun and creative way. Entries accepted until 15 September 2017. Read More