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What is Groupthink?

Beware the dangers of consensus decision making  – Dennis Sleigh

We know a lot about American President John F Kennedy but do we know about his greatest error and his greatest success: the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis? The former, which occurred in the early stages of Kennedy’s presidency (April 1961), has been described as the “worst decision he had ever made” (MT Hansen, 2013) and the latter, only 18 months later, as “one of the most definitive moments of the 20th century” Read More

 



10 Feb 2017 | VIC
'Loophole' that allows kids to drink alcohol in Vic pubs could be closed News Image

FARE is calling on VIC government to close a loophole that allows children to drink alcohol in Victorian pubs. FARE says the government has failed to address alcohol’s significant contribution to family and domestic violence. Read More

9 Feb 2017 | Australia
Senior school students to get Meningococcal W vaccine News Image

A one year free school-based vaccination program for Meningococcal W for 15 to 19 year olds will commence in term two for schools in Victoria and NSW. In recent years the prevalence of the W strain has increased significantly across Australia. Read More

7 Feb 2017 | Australia
BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards News Image

The winners for the 2017 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been announced. These  Awards reward young people, and their teachers, who have undertaken projects in STEM subjects.  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

2 Feb 2017 | SA
Virtual lessons guide internet safety in schools News Image

Internet use is part of daily life and it is important young people are aware of their rights and responsibilities as digital citizens. As part of this year's Safer Internet Day, a series of virtual lessons will be available for SA schools. Read More

30 Jan 2017 | Australia
Return to school anxiety News Image

With school returning this week for most of Australia, beyondblue is encouraging students, parents and teaching staff to remember to be aware of the mental health of themselves and those around them. 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

17 Jan 2017 | NSW
Next gen technologists News Image

The DIGit summer camp is underway in Sydney, with more than 60 students from across Australia attending. The students will follow up summer school with a six-month program including another camp and professional mentoring. Read More