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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

 

24 Nov 2017
Girls better than boys at working together to solve problems, finds new OECD PISA global education survey News Image

They’ll say that they’re better at most things but one thing is official; girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems. So says the first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Australia
Better-off parents are turning away from private schools News Image

Parents are choosing a public school instead of an independent, reversing the drift to private that has worried commentators. Analysis by the ABS for Fairfax Newspapers shows enrollments have increased proportionately by almost 7 per cent since 2006. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
NSW universities to make early offers to IB students News Image

International Baccalaureate students will get early offers from a number of Sydney universities based on their predicted results, up to three weeks ahead of the new December 21 round of offers for HSC students. Read More

21 Nov 2017
It must be true... I googled it News Image

A new report, co-written by QUT, shows more than half of Australian school children consuming news on the internet hardly ever or never check if it’s fake. 69 per cent say news makes them feel smart or knowledgeable but 54% of young people don’t check whether news stories are true. Read More

21 Nov 2017
BPAY offers new schools $1000 rebate on set-up costs News Image

The first 50 schools to become BPAY Billers before 30 March 2018 will receive a $1000 rebate towards their BPAY set-up costs and will automatically go into a draw to win a $10,000 grant. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
2018 named ‘Year of Women in School Leadership’ News Image

A developmental undertaking to improve the occupational opportunities of women working in Australia’s schools has been announced. The ‘Year of Women in Leadership’ will run throughout 2018  Read More

21 Nov 2017
Independents counter Catholic Education funding arguments News Image

The ISCA has rejected claims by some Catholic school systems  that the new Federal funding arrangements create distortions in terms of how parents' capacity to pay fees is assessed. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Student entrepreneurs solving problems to fix education News Image

Research by the Mitchell Institute reveals how 21 schools across NSW and Victoria are ‘shifting the education paradigm’ by enhancing capabilities and promoting entrepreneurial thinking. Increased confidence, greater resilience, stronger collaboration skills and improved empathy are benefits Read More

20 Nov 2017 | Townsville, Australia
Townsville Christian school to close secondary and boarding News Image

Following criticism as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Shalom Christian College will only accept primary students next year, cutting its enrolment by more than half and ceasing its role as an indigenous boarding school. Read More

20 Nov 2017 | Sydney. NSW
NSW schools face delays in spending money they have earned News Image

A new NSW Auditor-General's report on sharing school and community facilities says there are "significant delays" in approving $56 million worth of projects that schools will pay for themselves with money raised through leasing their playgrounds and classrooms to community groups. Read More

11 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Study finds boys could benefit from greater number of girls in schools News Image

Studying the reading test scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds from over 8000 mixed-sex schools around the world, researchers discovered that boys’ performance was significantly better in schools where more than 60% of the pupils were girls. Read More

10 Nov 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
100 scholarships for teachers in RMIT App Development with Swift online program News Image

100 online scholarships for teachers are on offer as part of the new RMIT App Development with Swift curriculum. The Online program starts on 20 November while a new vocational education short course will be taught on campus from February 2018. Read More