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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 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