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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

 

16 Feb 2017 | Canberra , ACT
SA Islamic College loses Commonwealth funding News Image

The Federal Minister for Education Simon Birmingham has announced that the Islamic College of South Australia will not receive funding after 14 April. The College received $4 million Commonwealth funding in 2016. Read More

14 Feb 2017 | Australia
Principal Health Wellbeing Survey: long hours but job satisfaction News Image

The 2016 Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey reveals long hours and high levels of job demands with an alarming increase in offensive behaviour, but high job satisfaction. Read More

6 Feb 2017 | Australia
Student engagement improves classroom learning News Image

When students are engaged in class, they learn more. Australia’s education system needs comprehensive reform to improve widespread student disengagement in the classroom, according to a new Grattan Institute report. Read More

3 Feb 2017 | Australia
More families choosing public school option News Image

New figures from ABS show a small increase in the amount of students attending government schools, up from 2014. Enrolments at Catholic schools fell slightly but remained steady at independent schools. Read More

29 Jan 2017 | Australia
Education Minister: Year 1 students may benefit from skills tests News Image

The Federal Government is considering introducing mandatory phonics assessment and numeracy checks for Year 1 students, with an expert panel to investigate options and report back mid-2017. Read More 

25 Jan 2017 | Australia
Tips for a seamless return to school News Image

Accomodating a new classroom of learners is a big task for any educator. University of Sydney health and education experts share their tips to help kick off the new school year and encourage kids to achieve their best. Read More

23 Jan 2017 | WA
Youngest in class more likely to be medicated for ADHD News Image

Recent research from Curtin University shows that the youngest children in classrooms are more likely than their older classmates to receive medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read More

19 Jan 2017 | Australia
Uni drop out rates increase News Image

New data has revealed around one in three Australian uni students are not completing their studies within six years. Prospective students are urged to seriously consider their higher education choices. Read More

16 Dec 2016 | Australia
Uni transparency reforms to boost graduate quality News Image

New Graduate Outcomes Survey data, available on the QILT website, provides information on university entry standards, following recommendations from the Higher Educations Panel to make applying for further study clearer and simpler. Read More

12 Dec 2016 | Australia
Research: strong school identity can improve NAPLAN scores News Image

New psychology research from ANU has found that 'school identity', the feeling of being connected and belonging to a school, can lift student NAPLAN scores by as much as 10 points. Read More

7 Dec 2016 | Australia
PISA results disappointing News Image

The PISA report released by ACER on the science, reading and mathematics skills of Australian 15 year olds indicates that Australia is slipping backwards relative to other countries. Read More

30 Nov 2016 | Australia
TIMSS study a wake up call for Australian educators News Image

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science study (TIMSS), released by ACER, shows Australian students moving further down the international leaderboard, with results stagnating over the past 20 years. Read More