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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

 

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
ACEL 2018 Conference theme is 'Trust your experience – setting the learning agenda' News Image

The venue for next year's Conference is the Melbourne Convention Centre from 3–5 October. The meeting will discuss the process of learning through experience, providing delegates with an opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and apply this knowledge to schools and systems. Read More

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Make My Idea winners will have clever concepts prototyped News Image

Make My Idea is a national competition for student inventors. Winners will see their innovative idea transformed into an early stage prototype model, or 3D or 2D design, and have their ideas shown live on YouTube. Read More

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
New HSC music program puts Australian composers centre stage News Image

HSC music students and teachers are being given access to the thinking and methods of some of Australia's leading composers in a new program developed by education academics at the University of Technology Sydney. Read More

3 Nov 2017
NAPLAN tests and technical requirements online News Image

Teachers, students and parents can become familiar with NAPLAN Online by completing mini-tests available on the NAPLAN public demonstration site, located within the NAP website. Visit the NAP website to find out the minimum technical requirements for completing NAPLAN Online. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Islamic School of Canberra loses federal funds News Image

Following an internal review by the DET, the Islamic School of Canberra will lose its Commonwealth Funding effective 16 December. The decision, announced by Minister Simon Birmingham on Friday 27 October, upheld the original decision to revoke the authority’s approval under the Australian Education Act 2013. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Noel Pearson's literacy program funding extended News Image

Noel Pearson's Good to Great schools program, designed to boost remote students’ literacy and numeracy has been backed with a further $4.1 million from the Turnbull Government, following the release of an independent report highlighting its positive impacts. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Perth, WA
Principals lose hiring freedom in WA Independent Public Schools News Image

Since 2010, IPS principals have had complete autonomy over staff selection, but under a change of direction ordered by Education Minister Sue Ellery, they will have to consider education department "redeployees" before hiring  teachers, support and admin staff. Read More

29 Oct 2017
‘Equality’ trends in school yard conversation News Image

Oxford University Press has announced the 2017 Australian Children’s Word of the Year and it's... equality. Primary school children were invited to take part in the inaugural competition. Participants nominated their ‘Word’ through a piece of free writing up to 500 words based on their chosen word. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Early childhood investment wasted without quality educators News Image

A new paper by Mitchell Institute at Victoria University finds that quality is lagging in key early childhood education and care areas and improving teaching should be a top priority. Highly skilled educators are the most important ingredient but many early childhood educators don’t receive sufficient training or support. Read More

29 Oct 2017
New suite of STEM experiences at Vic Scienceworks News Image

Museums Victoria has announced two new permanent exhibitions and a suite of parallel programs at Scienceworks to prepare the next generation for a world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen will open in April 2018. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Brisbane, Qld
Study investigates age when children start to regulate their learning News Image

A Uni QLD study led by Phd Student Melissa Brinums is helping parents and teachers understand the capacity of young children to learn independently, by providing insight into children’s understanding of practice. The study investigated the age at which children start to regulate their own learning to achieve their long-term goals. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Australia
Junior game designers create a reaction at PAX News Image

Gaming industry experts have commended winners of the 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge for their remarkable levels of creativity and technical skill. This year's competition required students as young as 10 to design and build a video game addressing the theme 'reaction'. Read More