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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

 

23 Sep 2017 | Australia
NESLI Wellbeing Tookit has positive effect on mental Health in schools News Image

NESLI’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit is having a profound impact on the mental health of Australia’s schools. After doing the 5 module program schools reported a marked improvement in understanding Read More

23 Sep 2017 | Australia
Teenagers opposed to Fitbits as a way to increase levels of activity News Image

There is an increasing use of healthy lifestyle technologies but little in-depth empirical research on their impacts on young people. Fitbits have been used in schools to tackle rising levels of obesity and sedentary behaviour yet a study published in Sport, Education and Society shows that they might have longer-term negative impacts Read More

23 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Ivanhoe Grammar School to open new University Campus at La Trobe News Image

Ivanhoe Grammar School and La Trobe University have entered into a partnership to establish a Year 9 campus to provide students with a university-school experience. The initiative will give Year 9 students an early taste of university learning Read More

21 Sep 2017 | Australia
Wakakirri wraps up 2017 season on a high News Image

Wakakirri 2017 has been a brilliant eight-week show season with almost 250 schools shaking and grooving their hearts out to be in the running for the National Story of the Year Award. Recurring themes were homelessness, cyber bullying, the environment, technology and friendship. Read More

20 Sep 2017
NAO is the highlight of Cunnamulla Library News Image

Situated 910 km South West of Brisbane (three-hours by plane) is the remote town of Cunnamulla. With a population of only 1865, Cunnamulla is considered a low socio-economic area. However, the town boasts a diverse and passionate community, eager to develop skills relevant for the 21st century. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Submissions open for review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools News Image

Submissions for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by Mr David Gonski will close on Friday 13 Oct. The report and recommendations on on how school funding should be used to improve school performance and student outcomes will be submitted by March 2018. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Canberra, ACT
AEU urges longer timeline for submissions to Gonski review News Image

The AEU has called on State and Territory Education Ministers to reject a four-week timeline for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel. The Union said: ‘This review will shape funding negotiations with States and Territories that will directly impact thousands of children in our public schools. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Brisbane
Everyday hinderances may force overwhelmed uni students to give up News Image

New Australian research shows accumulating everyday issues such as juggling work and study are as likely as a major event such as a death in the family to “tip the balance” for overwhelmed university students and may lead them to withdraw. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Lismore, NSW
Boring playgrounds discourage outdoor active play News Image

Australian students who could improve their health by playing outside at school are avoiding using school playgrounds because they’re bored. Southern Cross University physical education and health expert Dr Brendon Hyndman says children and teenagers are staying away Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Sydney, NSW
New $10.5m science program to give 5000 NSW students hands-on biotech lab experience News Image

Over the next three years, an expected 5000 NSW students and 60 teachers in NSW are expected to engage in a $10.5m program through a partnership between The Amgen Foundation and The University of Sydney. The three-week in-class initiative provides intensive PD for teachers Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
$16.25m will replace asbestos-ridden building at 10 VIC schools News Image

Asbestos ridden buildings at 10 schools will be demolished and replaced with state-of-the-art modular classrooms costing $16.25 million in the VIC government's $155m School Asbestos Removal Program. The current phase includes the demolition and replacement of buildings at 30 schools. Read More

17 Sep 2017
Kids Alive - Do the Five water safety app launched News Image

Do The Five has launched a free app to help keep children water safe. The app is a free download in the Apple and Google Play stores and is aimed at parents and young children. It includes music, cartoons, eBooks with a focus on home, pool, beach and farm water safety. Read More