Education for Older Kids
Andrea Orr 3:08pm Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother Rye sport belt knives instead of backpacks.
Mihal Greener Difficulties in reading and writing can come across as only obstacles but research recently published in Scientific American identifies the upsides for children who have dyslexia.
Laura Perry When the gap between good and bad schools widens, so does the social class of its students, to the detriment of society.
Tom Decent The writing question in this year's NAPLAN test will be different for primary and high school students.
Mary Ward Cursive handwriting classes will be scrapped in favour of computer typing classes in Finnish primary schools.
Livia Gamble The Los Angeles Times published the poem by Gabi, 9, in its "Creativity corner" and in contrast to the other young writers, it's quite grim.
Mary Ward A Texas elementary school has forced children to remove their pants after fecal matter was left on the floor of the school's gym.
Donna Webeck Everyone has at least one - a teacher from their past who they credit with changing both their outlook on education and life as a whole.
Antonia Kidman It seems parents are commonly employing tutors to help their children keep up or get ahead of peers but is the extra cost really warranted?
Public schools are just as good as private schools in getting results with students from similar socio-economic backgrounds, a study has found.
Anne Harris Creativity is changing the way we think about the arts, pedagogy and publics – but why is it important and why do schools suddenly think they need it?
Amanda Keddie Boys are more likely to play up at school, but it’s more of a social problem than a biological one.
Stewart Riddle A former teacher comments on the recent reports that aspiring teachers have lower literacy levels than the school students they will be teaching.
Livia Gamble Being smart is one thing, but it's what kids' are prepared to do with their intelligence that counts.
Dom Knight The biggest problem with limiting oneself to the company of men, writes Dom Knight.
Nicholas Biddle & Sarah Ball We know the hard workers give the naturally gifted a good run for their money. But, this hasn't always been reflected in policy or how we instruct our teachers.
Shaza Barbar Teachers may receive many cards and letters from their students but this supportive and thoughtful letter from one nine-year-old girl to her teacher has caught people's attention.
Maria Tedeschi Yesterday was tough. We can see that. You’ve finished your time at primary school and it’s an end you probably didn’t ask for.
Saad Khan and Jibran Ahmad Taliban insurgents have killed at least 140 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan. Warning: images may be disturbing.
Saman Shad When we discuss with our children the events of the Sydney siege we should also take it upon ourselves to explain how it started a movement.
Amy McNeilage Out of the 60 most advantaged schools in the state, public schools scored above 90 in 38 per cent of their exams, on average, while the rate was 26 per cent in private schools.
Josefa Pete Not one of us can deny that parenting has changed over the ages. From the expectations we place on ourselves as parents, to the dynamics of how a family works and even the conversations we have with our children.
Radhika Sanghani As Pakistani schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, collects the Nobel Peace Prize, we re-live her top moments and quotes.
Amy McNeilage Young Australians are increasingly being recruited to work in schools in Britain after there being an acute shortage of qualified teachers.
Kevin Donnelly It seems we have been misguided in abandoning the traditional, teacher-directed method of learning where the teacher spends more time standing at the front of the class, directing learning and controlling classroom activities.
Catherine Rodie Only 6 Percent of us have the jobs we wanted as kids – but is that a bad thing?
Livia Gamble While a lot of focus has been on children being bullied in schools, a new survey revealed teachers can be victims of cyber bullying too.
Lucy Townend Mollycoddling is off the agenda at this school, where tackle rugby, tree climbing and racing BMX bikes are allowed.
Nicole Thomson-Pride In remembrance of the ANZAC Centenary, there has never been a better time for children to start researching their family’s history.
KATE GEENTY Lonely Planet is aiming to grab adventurers at a young age, with a new series of books aimed at readers five and up.
Mark Lorch Let's start with a quiz…
Rebecca English Here is why Templestowe College principal Peter Hutton believes secondary school only works for about a "third of students".
Livia Gamble A dance company has created a powerful anti-cyber bullying short film to raise awareness during National Bullying Prevention Month.
Megan Blandford Our kids’ lives look vastly different from our bike-riding, Vegemite-sandwich-eating childhood but here is why it's a good thing.
Livia Gamble A new curriculum has been developed to prepare teens for the work force.
Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai's courageous fightback from being shot by the Taliban has transformed her both into a symbol for human rights and a campaigner in global demand.
Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.
Eva Dobozy Homework tasks that require an iPad or laptop may disadvantage low socio-economic status students.
Rachel Clun A new study has refuted the idea that the punitive, "Tiger Mum" style of parenting works.
Letitia Rowlands Want to help your sons achieve the best academic results possible? Then put the car keys away and get them to walk or ride their bike to school.
Jennifer Chesters Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon semms convinced that giving parents' councils more power will result in better outcomes but Jennifer Chesters suggests otherwise.
Catherine Rodie A South Australian high school invited the ‘Lingerie League’ – a sport where women play football in their bikinis - to practice with their female year nine students.
How should schools respond to incidents of teasing and bullying related to gender and sexual identity? Telling them it's wrong isn't the answer.
Amy McNeilage The Australian education system is in worse shape now than when David Gonski handed down his damning assessment of it three years ago, with academic performance sliding and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widening.
James Athanasou The main aim of home schooling is to offer an alternative. It is ideal for anyone who believes our current school system is not suitable for their child.
Amy McNeilage An analysis of NAPLAN data reveals one in five 14-year-olds in NSW is performing so poorly in writing that they should be receiving targeted intervention.
Kym Campradt Angela Lee Duckworth discovers the single most significant predictor for success in children and it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, attractiveness or even IQ.
Cynthia Karena Teachers used to be the main source of information in classrooms but now apps are providing students with direct access to resources and knowledge.
Suzanne Rice Results are out for NAPLAN 2014, and already the discussions have started around the meaning of those results.
Lauren Raab A nine-year-old US girl has accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi.
Maxine McKew Australia has lost bragging rights in being able to claim status among the high-performing education systems. But there’s reason for optimism. There are class acts all across the country, and in some unlikely places.
Alexandra Smith High school students are being grouped in classes based on NAPLAN results, as comprehensive NSW high schools are increasingly doing their own selective testing, ignoring research that reveals streaming can do more harm than good.
Benjamin Preiss Teachers, you have a new assignment - learning to set better homework.
Tom Decent Boots for Kids is a campaign asking Fairfax Media readers to donate footy boots at the end of the season, so we can get them to indigenous kids in rural and remote areas who have none.
Tiffany Dunk In today’s school system, the pressure is on for teens to choose their career path years before they’re ready to leave the classroom.
Jennifer Chesters In a recent article for The Conversation, Barbara Preston examined the link between type of school attended and progress at university. Barbara concluded that after controlling for tertiary entrance score, university students from government schools outperformed students from private schools.
Linda Moon A snapshot of issues facing parents raising children in the digital age that we all need to be aware of.
Alan Smith Increasingly and tragically, education is at the centre of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza as people flee their homes to shelter in places like schools.
Karl Schembri The world is watching in horror as the conflict between Israel and Gaza enters a new and terrifying phase with no end in sight to the appalling loss of life.As rockets and bombs rain down on Israel and Gaza, and as plumes of smoke and fire bellow from shattered buildings, it is easy to forget that the lives of children, hundreds of innocent children, are being lost or changed forever in the horrific violence. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a war on children.
Carolyn Tate Just because your child is labelled as gifted doesn't mean they will thrive in an accelerated learning program. Parents share how they weighed up the pros and cons.