Education for Older Kids
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.
QUIRKY KID Research and clinical experience tells us that parents play an integral role in helping their children manage their homework tasks.
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.
Brooke Lumsden The majority of parents think NAPLAN is a good idea but an overwhelming number of educators are against the standardised tests for many reasons, and want parents to understand why NAPLAN is not at all what it seems.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Australian students report high levels of noise and disruption in their classroom and at rates worse than the US or Britain, a factor which education experts say is linked to low levels of literacy and numeracy and is contributing to the country's worsening performance.
PISA study highlights resources and teacher quality as factors in the world's top-performing school systems
AMY MCNEILAGE Improving teacher quality, granting schools greater autonomy and resourcing education equitably have been highlighted as some of the unifying traits of the world's top-performing school systems.
Josephine Tovey, Anna Patty Australian high school students' achievement in maths and reading has slumped over the past decade, while huge gaps persist based on wealth, location, gender and whether students are indigenous.
Jim McMorrow NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is not alone in finding it hard to make sense of what his federal counterpart, Christopher Pyne, has up his sleeve for the funding of schools beyond next year.
Patrick Williams Bindi Irwin has joked about running for Prime Minister of Australia and even President of the United States in a new interview on her political ambitions.
Josephine Tovey, Dan Harrison The NSW government has warned the Commonwealth it will not support any dismantling of the Gonski school funding model. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says any changes to the reforms could mean schools will lose money.
Former child star Mara Wilson is all grown up and sharing her thoughts on the sexualisation of young stars and the state of sex education.
Kurt Wagne An all-girls school in the US is making waves for its ad campaign that tells young girls "You're not a princess."
Josephine Tovey Young children who frequently take days off school have poorer results in maths, new research shows, but the same level of absenteeism appears to have less of an effect on literacy at the same age.
ANDREW DADDO It’s pretty fantastic to let yourself go and enjoy the moments our kids give us but there are some that kids and parents alike would rather forget, writes Andrew Daddo.
Amy McNeilage School principals are worried that students are missing out on meaningful interaction with their peers because they have become glued to their phones.
Staff writers Do you remember your father’s reaction to your high school report card? This British teenager proudly uploaded a video of his dad’s to the news that he passed maths for the first time and it is a tear-jerker.
Melanie Hearse Want a story to warm your heart? Mel Hearse shares one from her children’s school that inspired her and other parents in the community.
Helen Wright Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of freedom – the freedom to think, speak and learn no matter your gender, religion, age or financial circumstances.
Emmeline Taylor Many countries are increasingly using CCTV in schools to tackle bullying, obesity, smoking and truancy but will Australian schools be next?
BROOKE LUMSDEN How the positive psychology movement in Australian schools is making a lasting impact with its students and setting an example for the world to follow.
KATIE CARLIN 13-year-old Sushma Verma is proving that girls shouldn’t be underestimated.
Jen Dalitz There has been plenty of discussion about bullying and, from statistics given, it is likely a child will be bullied at some stage at school.
Livia Gamble Help kids discover the mysteries of the sea at the three-day under the sea film festival being held at Avoca on the Central Coast and show people the unseen world below the ocean’s surface.
QUIRKY KID If your child is refusing to go to school, leaving early or claiming to be sick on a regular basis here are some steps to finding out why and how to help.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN If your child is reluctant to participate in class discussions here are some ways you can help boost their confidence in the classroom setting.
Nicole Anzia The word "homework," greeted with anxiety by kids and parents alike. You can make things easier by taking on a little assignment of your own.
Teenage deaths prompt calls for action against a social website where anonymous bullies have posted messages urging children to kill themselves.
Amy McNeilage Sexual health advocates say the draft national curriculum is a ''dreadful attempt'' at teaching sexual health in high schools.
Owen Thomson Problem solving is more effective with inquiry-based learning, writes Owen Thomson.
Amy McNeilage Students who don't own or can't afford a laptop, iPad or other digital devices could be disadvantaged at school, some teachers say, as the federally funded free laptop program comes to a close.
FLETA PAGE Sports teachers have a previously unsung role in the academic development of children, researchers have found - a position at odds with the gradual disappearance of specialist physical education teachers across the country.
KERRI SACKVILLE Watching your kids struggle and fail is one of the hardest parts of parenting but children must learn to navigate on their own life in order to succeed.
RACHEL BROWNE Almost half of Australia's most disadvantaged children don't get to play sport outside of school hours or take part in cultural activities such as music and dance lessons.
The Conversation Children’s interest and engagement in school influences their prospects of educational and occupational success 20 years later.
QUIRKY KID Being the one left out or rejected by your peers never feels good but what can we do to help our kids build resilience and stand up for others?
Damon Young The library might be an 'ancient creature' but it is a place where young and old minds can explore anew, writes Damon Young.
Sarah Wayland Is your child a perfectionist? How parents and teachers can send the message that making mistakes is all part of the learning journey.
DAN HARRISON Sleepiness is holding Australian schoolchildren back in the international education race, a study suggests.
Jewel Topsfield and Daniel Hurst Stuffed toys that help children deal with ''difficult emotions'' are being spruiked as a way of assisting ''with the stress of NAPLAN'', as companies cash in on the emphasis placed on next week's national literacy and numeracy tests.
KATIE CARLIN It has been five years since Natasha Stott Despoja left politics to raise her two young children but the former leader of the Democrats has been on her latest project – saving orangutans in south-east Asia.