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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

 

8 Oct 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Winners of 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards announced News Image

Winners of the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards have been announced. Formerly known as the Dedicated to the Dedicated Awards, the awards encourage the professional development of teachers, support staff and management staff of non-government schools Read More

8 Oct 2017 | Sunshine Coast, QLD
Phonics spelling resource Sound Waves Online wins education publishing award News Image

Sunshine Coast-based Firefly Education has won the Best Student Resources – English (Literacy, Literature, Language) in the annual Education Publishing Awards for the second year in a row for the revamp of their successful phonemic spelling resource, Sound Waves Online. Read More

6 Oct 2017
Canvas scores with RMIT, Uni Canberra and Uni Sydney News Image

RMIT University, Australia's largest tertiary institution, the University of Canberra and the University of Sydney, have implemented Canvas to deliver a flexible, progressive and student-centred approach to learning. Read More

2 Oct 2017 | Australia
Susan Pascoe to oversee Certification Advisory Board News Image

Susan Pascoe AM has been appointed as independent Chair of the Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board. As Chair, she will work closely with Australian Principal Certification Advisory Board Read More

2 Oct 2017 | Australia
Parents worry about too much screen time... and not enough outdoor play: Gallup Survey News Image

Just one in five Australian parents (23%) strongly agree it’s good for children to have to figure out how to entertain themselves from time to time… without the aid of an electronic device or a structured extracurricular activity. That’s the takeaway finding from research by Gallup and toymaker Melissa & Doug Read More

2 Oct 2017
ACARA presses on with NAPLAN Online preparations News Image

Schools across Australia have been taking part in school readiness testing to assess their ICT capacity for NAPLAN Online and to become familiar with administration and logistics Read More

2 Oct 2017
2015 National Report on schooling in Australia released News Image

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2015 is the annual report on Australia’s school education sector. The report highlights progress in 2015 towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians agreed by Australian education ministers in 2008. Read More

2 Oct 2017
Mission 360 Virtual reality launched by Catholic Mission News Image

Walking in the shoes of the other has long been a quintessential part of Catholic Mission’s formation experience, but now it is set to take on a whole new meaning. Mission in 360 utilises virtual reality technology with footage shot in communities around the world. Read More

2 Oct 2017 | Australia
Nominations for Teacher Fellowship Awards close on 12 October News Image

Time is running out to nominate outstanding teachers in the 2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards with entries closing on 12 October. Now in its second year, the Awards will offer 12 Fellowships worth $45,000 for teachers and school leaders who are inspiring and transforming the lives of Australian students. Read More

2 Oct 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Western Sydney Coding Club launched News Image

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has launched its 2018 Schools Program, aimed at inspiring a life-long engagement in STEAM subjects. Schools in Western Sydney will also have the opportunity to access free professional development and coding resources through the new Western Sydney Coding Club. Read More

23 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Victorian Education Excellence Awards finalists announced News Image

A school raising the career aspirations of young people and a primary teacher who is passionate about increasing women in STEM education and careers are among the finalists of this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.  Read More

23 Sep 2017
$600,000 funding to enable an Australian-first telepresence robot pilot News Image

St.George Foundation and MissingSchool have announced funding of up to $600,000 over three years to enable an Australian-first telepresence robot pilot. Telepresence robots will be paced in schools to demonstrate that continuous two-way connection is possible between seriously sick children and their classrooms. Read More