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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

 

12 Mar 2017 | Sydney
Fifth Australian Gallup Student Poll gets underway News Image

Gallup has identified three non-cognitive factors that impact on students – Hope: Ideas and energy we have for the future; Engagement: Involvement in and enthusiasm for school; Wellbeing: How we think about and experience our lives. Read More

10 Mar 2017 | Australia
Quality health and physical education improves academic results News Image

Australia’s peak education bodies are calling for Health and Physical Education needs to be at the forefront of education following recent evidence showing how quality health and physical education can improve academic performance. Read More

10 Mar 2017 | Australia
Australian program reduces bullying in world’s schools News Image

An Australian anti-bullying program now being introduced into the US and other countries is effective because students and teachers helped design and produce it, says the educational researcher who developed it. Read More

10 Mar 2017 | Melbourne
Auditor General scolds VIC Dept of Ed for poor record-keeping News Image

Victorian Auditor General Andrew Green, has cited the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) for poor record-keeping in his March 2017 report to Parliament Managing Public Sector Records. Read More

8 Mar 2017 | Australia
Critics warn parents that NAPLAN is not the whole story News Image

The My School website has been updated with the 2016 results, revealing a wealth of data about schools and how students performed. But critics warn parents to look beyond NAPLAN scores when choosing schools. Read More 

7 Mar 2017 | Australia
Report calls for increased investment in rural VET education News Image

Australian governments should increase investment in community education to address higher levels of disadvantage and unemployment in rural and regional Australia, according to a new report from Community Colleges Australia. Read More

6 Mar 2017 | QLD
Creativity lost in pursuit of top marks in literacy and numeracy News Image

A Brisbane school principal says the Federal Government is missing the point by launching an inquiry into Australia’s innovation challenge while refusing to look at the school system. Read More

2 Mar 2017 | Australia
Comprehensive review into regional education News Image

A comprehensive review of regional education will be conducted with the aim of getting more regional, rural and remote students to be successful at school and go on to further study, training and employment. Read More

1 Mar 2017 | Uni SA
Bilingual education the key to improvement News Image

University of South Australia, Applied Linguistics and international multilingual expert, Assoc Prof Kathleen Heugh, believes that educational competitiveness is associated with students who are proficient in at least two languages. Read More

1 Mar 2017 | Australia
Practical teaching resource to increase support for students with disability News Image

Australian Special Education Principals Association have developed Leading Learning 4 All, a website with resources available to teachers and principals to better support their students with special needs. Read More

24 Feb 2017 | SA
Survey shows we need to find more ways to support Year 12s News Image

A collaborative study by all three South Australian public universities, has found that almost 51 per cent of year 12 students find it difficult to decide what to study at university. Read More

22 Feb 2017 | Australia
Discipline more effective than monetary investment in schools News Image

A new study has shown that discipline in schools has a greater impact and is more important to educational performance when compared to monetary investment, a new study from Macquarie University has found. Read More