Education for Older Kids
AMY MCNEILAGE A sweet message from a teacher to her students touched many hearts this week but there was just one problem.
MATTHEW KNOTT Bringing back corporal punishment in schools for ill-disciplined children would be supported by the head of the Abbott government’s national curriculum review if it is also backed by the local school community.
LIVIA GAMBLE School's letter to year six students accompanying their exam results is a timely reminder that one exam mark does not define their intelligence.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Paula Orbea’s 11-year-old daughter was distressed after what she read on a Wicked Campers van and she took action against the company but Kerri Sackville is ashamed to admit she wouldn’t have done the same.
ALEXANDRA SMITH The latest figures reveal NSW students are being expelled at record rates.
CELESTE LIDDLE The Smith Family released a report which raised concerns that Indigenous girls had been neglected in the Federal Government's May budget.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS These artworks of Disney princesses will fill you with disgust, pain and make you want to look away – but that is exactly why we need to look writes Kerri Sackville.
CATHERINE RODIE Could texting and auto-correct be having an impact on the way children write and spell?
CATHERINE RODIE Could computers replace teachers in classrooms? One of the UK’s biggest academy chains, Ark Schools, is setting up a “blended learning” model that will see students being taught by computers.
LIVIA GAMBLE The Australian Federal Police cyber security experts have teamed up with Disney’s Club Penguin to create a new online safety program for primary schools, called "Online Safety, It Starts With You".
Bridie Smith Science Editor According to US researchers, the kids that were considered cool at school don't always maintain their lofty social status and are more likely to act up as adults.
LEESHA MCKENNY Sydney's inner east could secure its first new public primary school in decades.
Patrick Begley, Alexandra Smith Teaching students in NSW must pass a "tough" new literacy and numeracy test in order to graduate.
Raquel Rutledge A community in Milwaukee is stunned after two 12-year-old girls were charged with the brutal stabbing of a friend.
RACHEL CLUN A number of teenage girls from a high school in America are upset because their school digitally altered their yearbook photos without their consent, while leaving other students’ photos untouched.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Dads who help out with chores aren't just helping the household to run smoothly, they are boosting their daughter's career aspirations, according to new research.
AMY GRAY Would you be proud of your child if you saw them carried away by police in a protest fighting for what they believe in? Amy Gray would and here is why.
CATHERINE RODIE "Pleasurable aspects of sex" and "sexual minority students" should be included in sex education says a British social science lecturer.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Children who misbehave at school often get written off as bad seeds, but Speech Pathologist Karen James says a communication disorder might be the real problem.
CAROLYN TATE Are you a feminist? Is it a priority for you to raise your children as feminists? Carolyn Tate tells us why the fight isn't over for women's equality and why she is making sure her children know it.
Marc Brackett and Susan Rivers Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are.
Nicholas D. Kristof When Boko Haram fanatics attacked a girls’ boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria, kidnapping several-hundred girls whose only offence was to dream of becoming doctors, teachers or lawyers, the Nigerian authorities’ initial response was to lie.
Yohana Desta From big-name stars like Beyonce to everyday heroes like Cheryl Anderson and Angela Cavallo, here are 25 moms who are doing it right.
MARCUS PADLEY "Schooling" only makes up one part of a child's education, what about the rest? Marcus Padley writes about the difference between sending your child to the local Catholic school or the local private school.
Jason Lodge The computers for schools program, which involved federal funding for the supply of laptops to high school students, is set to end in June. The program was a central piece of the former government’s “digital revolution” but is being discontinued by the current government.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS What do you do when your child is a constant overachiever? When their concern for good grades and academic success means they spend more time worrying about good marks than enjoying being a kid?
COSIMA MARRINER Four out of five children born in non-English-speaking countries have experienced racism in school at least once a month, says a study conducted by Deakin University researcher Naomi Priest.
KASEY EDWARDS Just because you are a male in a female dominated profession or the spotlight doesn't automatically make you a role model, writes Kasey Edwards.
A unique red rose the colour of murder victim Daniel Morcombe's T-shirt on the day he disappeared has been unveiled and will help raise funds to keep kids safe.
CATHERINE RODIE When editor Bea Appleby discovered their readers, aged between 7 and 12, were mostly interested in being called "pretty", she decided to shake up the magazine but will similar titles in Australia follow suit?
CATHERINE RODIE Some schools in the US have bowed down to the overwhelming evidence that teenagers would benefit from a later start and shifted the school day accordingly, but should we do the same?
Anna Dabrowski In many countries including Australia, gender-segregated instruction is common. Differing structures of single-sex education are offered in both independent and state schools, because it is believed to improve academic results but recent studies show this might not be the case.
SARAH MACDONALD Is setting the bar too high causing anxiety disorders and pressures in kids?
KYLIE ORR Are you in the process of deciding which secondary school is best for your soon to be primary graduate? Here are six tips to consider before you do.
Dr Helen Street It is time we stopped thinking of free time as ‘down time’ from life for our kids, and realised that free time is vital for the development of creativity and life success.
Cassy Small To many kids education with no teachers, no rules and no uniforms may sound pretty appealing. That’s the reality of unschooling, a controversial alternative to the mainstream education system.
One mother came up with a creative way to challenge the narrow-minded comments people have made about her adopted daughters in an attempt to educate others.
Jill Stark One in three girls and a quarter of boys are depressed, with many turning to violence, alcohol and unwanted sex to cope, a mental health survey of high school students has revealed.
CAROLYN TATE Is flirting ever acceptable when you are happily married? How about with other parents at your child's school?
BROOKE LUMSDEN If you have a compassionate child who is always bombarding you with questions on ways he can make a difference here are five ideas to give kids power when it comes to social change.
Two young contestants in a US spelling bee competition left their audience spellbound when they verbally duelled for more than four hours on stage, before stunned organisers were forced to call it quits when they ran out of words with which to challenge the pair.
11-year-old John sat shivering at a bus stop in Oslo on a cold February day while hidden cameras set up by SOS Children's Villages tested how people reacted to the plight of a freezing child.
Elizabeth Farrelly I woke in the wee hours with a question bubbling unbidden from my mental swamp. What is the difference between education and damage?
Michele Freeman "We must never place our students in positions of failure before we even give them a chance."
DAN HARRISON Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a target of bridging the gap in school attendance between indigenous and non-indigenous pupils within five years.
LIVIA GAMBLE Ask Logan LaPlante what he wants to be when he grows up and his answer might surprise you. A typical response from a 13-year-old boy might include; fireman, doctor or surfer. But, Logan will tell you he wants to be happy and healthy.
Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has been appointed to lead the Global Partnership for Education, which is working to help get some 57 million children into schools.
Alexandra Smith, Amy McNeilage Childcare fees are so high in Sydney that it can be cheaper to send a child to one of the city's most exclusive private schools than it is to put a baby in daycare.
BROOKE LUMSDEN Many working parents understand the benefits of being an active member of their child’s school community, but feel too time poor. When it comes to being involved outside of the usual ways, the key is communication. Here are ten ideas to get you started.
Steve Biddulph Be grateful to your child's teachers, as they are teaching kids more than you think.
LARISSA DUBECKI Stephanie Alexander wants children to experience the joy of growing and cooking.
Matthew Hall An organisation encouraging young girls to develop an interest in computer science and engineering aims to bridge the gap in the number of women and men employed in computing fields, whether as engineers or developers.
Josephine Tovey, Inga Ting Parents with children in NSW selective schools pay voluntary fees on average five times the amount of those with children in comprehensive public schools, creating a stark inequality within the public school system, an analysis by Fairfax Media reveals.
NARELLE TOWIE Canadian school children have penned two scathing letters to Premier Colin Barnett lambasting WA's shark 'mitigation' plan and criticising his failure to respond to their questions.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY The Abbott government's decision to hold a quick review of the national curriculum is poorly timed and threatens to disrupt and destabilise the work of teachers, a group of more than 150 prominent educators has warned.
AMY MCNEILAGE Schoolchildren will begin learning the principles of computer programming from kindergarten under the new national curriculum.
Bodie Ashton It’s correct to say that teaching of history in our schools should be reformed. But the cornerstone of this reform should not be content but method, writes Bodie Ashton.
Melinda Ham Melinda Ham looks at an initiative to encourage students to become teachers.
Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school and his paid parental leave scheme will be extended to cover all state public sector workers.
John Elder If all goes to plan, a new book will be distributed in schools to teach young people grace.