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What is Groupthink?

Beware the dangers of consensus decision making  – Dennis Sleigh

We know a lot about American President John F Kennedy but do we know about his greatest error and his greatest success: the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis? The former, which occurred in the early stages of Kennedy’s presidency (April 1961), has been described as the “worst decision he had ever made” (MT Hansen, 2013) and the latter, only 18 months later, as “one of the most definitive moments of the 20th century” Read More

 



13 Apr 2017 | WA
WA Governor’s School STEM Awards News Image

The Governor's School STEM Awards are open to all primary and secondary schools in WA and will close on August 22. Now in their third consecutive year, the awards encourage best practice in STEM education. Read More

11 Apr 2017 | SA
Year 12 retention rates reach record high in SA public schools News Image

A record high number of public school students are choosing to stay in school until year 12, with the latest figures showing yet another increase in the retention rate for high school students. Read More

8 Apr 2017 | VIC
Top Arts 2017 News Image

Forty-seven of the state’s emerging young artists, who excelled in VCE Art and Studio Art, exhibit their work in the annual exhibition Top Arts 2017, featuring 57 pieces drawn from over 2600 submissions. Read More

7 Apr 2017 | Australia
Independent schools funded at half the rate of government schools News Image

The latest government figures show that on average government schools are publicly funded at around twice the amount of independent schools. The majority of funding for independent schools is coming from parents and school communities. Read More

6 Apr 2017 | WA
WA continues trend to public school option News Image

Student census figures in WA from April shows there are 302,271 students enrolled in public schools (semester one, 2017), an additional 5,894 students from the same time last year. Read More

3 Apr 2017 | International
Inactivity and screen time linked to teen depression News Image

High screen time and low physical activity is a global phenomenon, with researchers finding links between poor mental health and low levels of physical activity combined with high recreational screen time in developing countries. Read More

3 Apr 2017 | QLD
Improving the transition process for Preps News Image

The QLD government aims to work in partnership with the early childhood sector and schools to improve the process of sharing transition statements with schools to make it easier for Prep teachers to plan for individual learning. Read More

2 Apr 2017 | Australia
AEU survey: public schools rely on fundraising and teacher contributions News Image

The AEU's State of Our Schools survey for 2017 indicates that Australia’s public schools are increasingly reliant on fundraising and teachers are using their own money to provide students with some of the basics. Read More

31 Mar 2017 | NSW
Nanga Mai Awards recognise NSW students, staff and schools News Image

The Nanga Mai Awards celebrate innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education within NSW public schools and school communities. The word Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning to dream. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
ISCA write to parliament over funding concerns News Image

The Independent Schools Council of Australia has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to federal government funding arrangements for schools. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | WA
Saffron a potential treatment for adolescent depression News Image

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the spice saffron could be used to treat depression and anxiety in adolescents. They are looking for adolescents suffering from moodiness or mild anxiety to participate in the trial. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
Study shows one in two kids hide risky online behaviour from parents News Image

According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and the iconKids & Youth agency, almost half of children (44%) hide potentially dangerous online activity from their parents. The older the child, the more he or she hides. Read More