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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

 

29 Oct 2017
MLC girls win in VIC Formula 1 STEM Challenge News Image

Three student teams from Melbourne's MLC have placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in the VIC regional competition. F1 in Schools in the world’s largest STEM competition, involving over nine million students who design, build, test and race miniature F1 cars. Read More

29 Oct 2017
Indigenous students failing to make the maths grade News Image

Indigenous students are eight times more likely to fall behind in maths by Year 9 than non-indigenous students, dampening regional innovation according to AMSI's 2017 Discipline Profile of the Mathematical Sciences. Read More

22 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Virtual puzzles can teach kids to solve real-world problems News Image

Swinburne researchers have shown that children can apply the skills they learn on a tablet to the real world. The research shows that when four to six-year-olds learn how to solve a puzzle using a tablet, they then apply this learning to the same puzzle in the physical world. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Digital devices add to exam time stress: Family Zone survey News Image

A survey of 1000 teenagers and their parents shows that electronic devices are causing sleep and study problems for teenagers as they come up to end of year exams. The survey, commissioned by cyber safety platform, Family Zone, found teenagers are being robbed of sleep in the lead-up to exams Read More

21 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Heather Schnagl named Victoria’s best educator News Image

Heather Schnagl, Principal at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School has been awarded the Sir James Darling Medal, which recognises a Victorian educator who has made an outstanding contribution to Victorian education. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Neil Bramsen and Brett Mckay receive Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching News Image

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools are awarded for excellence in teaching in any area of science that is part of the teacher’s state or territory science syllabus. The prize is awarded to teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to science education. Read More

21 Oct 2017
Notre Dame MA (Writing) to aid NSW teachers with English syllabus News Image

A new writing course introduced by The University of Notre Dame will equip NSW teachers to deal with major changes set to shake-up the English HSC syllabus next year. The new Master of Arts (Writing) program will play a key role in answering the professional development needs of English teachers Read More

21 Oct 2017 | Australia
2.5m maths activities completed in Mathletics Challenge News Image

Over 6000 schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa took part in the recently completed 2017 Mathletics Tri-Nations Challenge. 1.5 million students were registered for the event and completed over 2.5m maths activities. Over half of the students on the winners list were Australian. Read More

21 Oct 2017
2018 Australian Ballet education program wins Aqualand support News Image

Property development and investment company Aqualand will become a lead partner of The Australian Ballet 2018 education program. The company will support the Ballet's workshops for primary and secondary students in maginalised schools. Read More

20 Oct 2017 | Sydney, NSW
$4m nature play space opens at Sydney's Centennial Parklands News Image

The highly anticipated Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden has officially opened in Centennial Parklands.The Garden is designed to be an outdoor learning experience for children aged 2-12, of all abilities and backgrounds. It is made up of dry creek beds, an Artesian water play area, bamboo forest, tunnels, turtle mounds Read More

19 Oct 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Teachers TV software allows real-time student teacher assessment News Image

Macquarie University and the Teachers TV Foundation have announced the success of a trial of 'Teaching Teams' which turns the cameras on teacher education students to improve their teaching techniques and effectiveness. The trial incorporated the 'Teaching Teams' technology into the course assessment. Read More

15 Oct 2017 | Australia
CIS urges better targeting for $23.5b Gonski 2.0 money News Image

Australian schools should use the extra Gonski 2.0 funding to improve early literacy and numeracy, give teachers fewer classes and more time outside the classroom, and provide classroom management training for teachers, new research from the Centre for Independent Studies finds. Read More