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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

 

10 Nov 2017
Risks and rewards in accelerating technology and social shifts News Image

Accelerating technology and social shifts are driving massive change in the economy, with fast-paced innovation transforming industries old and new and generating tremendous new opportunities for value creation. But Australian Students are at risk of being left behind. Read More

9 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Science experts 'walk the talk' to improve primary STEM learning News Image

The involvement of community science experts in primary school classrooms can transform students’ views about and understanding of science. Bringing in science and engineering experts who 'walk the talk of science' helps students understand the processes of scientific inquiry and their value to social progress. Read More                 

9 Nov 2017 | Australia
High schoolers take on futuristic space design challenge News Image

Ten high schools from Australia and New Zealand are one step closer to representing the Australasian region at the International Space Settlement Competition at Kennedy Space Centre as Space Design Competitions Australia announces finalists for the 2017 Australian Space Design Competition. Read More

9 Nov 2017 | Brisbane, Qld
ClassCoach Maths tutoring will help rural and remote students News Image

Two UQ Business School MBA Graduates have launched ClassCoach, an online Maths tutoring system with the aim of helping rural and remote school students and young adults that are struggling with Maths and will benefit from one-to-one interactive tutoring. Read More

7 Nov 2017 | Adelaide, SA
Carclew to show SA teachers what’s the DEAL with arts News Image

120 primary teachers from 60 South Australian government schools will undertake hands on professional development guided by practicing artists as part of a new program to introduce new and innovative approaches to arts education. Read More

7 Nov 2017 | Brisbane, Qld
UNI Qld to host 12-day National Science Forum News Image

Close to 200 Year 12 students will take part in the 12-day National Youth Science Forum in January when The University of Queensland hosts the program for the first time. Read More

7 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Select group of Sydney girls in inaugural Code Next Program News Image

Year 9 and 10 girls from Chatswood High, Mosman School and North Sydney Girls High are taking part in the inaugural Code Next Program. They are learning the fundamentals of coding and design including HTML + CSS and Ruby, a programming language to stimulate computational thinking. Read More

5 Nov 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Terms of Reference for SES score methodology released News Image

The Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the data and methodology used to determine specific components of Commonwealth funding for non-government schools. Read More

5 Nov 2017
New research reveals young Australia is not thriving News Image

New research by Skillsroad has found that young Australians are not flourishing like they should, in fact they're just 'OK'. The data suggests that average levels of wellbeing are not only affecting them as a individuals but also the bottom line of Australian businesses. Read More

5 Nov 2017
Smart phones in bed linked to insomnia and poor quality sleep News Image

Children are more vulnerable than adults to losing sleep from taking smart phones and tablets to bed, a new study has found. Experts have warned that children are more sensitive to the blue light from electronic screens because their eyes have not yet fully developed. Read More

4 Nov 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Michael Chaney to head National School Resourcing Board News Image

They eight members of the National School Resourcing Board have been announced. Chaired by Dr Michael Chaney, the Board will undertake reviews of different parts of the funding model under the Australian Education Act 2013. The first review will consider how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated Read More

4 Nov 2017 | Australia
Researchers respond to CIS report: Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0 News Image

Early in October, policy think tank, The Centre for Independent Research (CIS) released its report: Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0: The evidence base for school investments on the use of Gonski funding. It tapped into an ongoing debate over phonics, literacy, and behaviour management. Read More