Education for Older Kids

Do parents know what's best for schools?

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.

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School organises training session for girls with 'Lingerie League'

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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 to stop homophobic bullying in schools

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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.

School system worse now than when Gonski wrote report

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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.

Home schooling: an idea worth promoting

Not the answer: Regular schools are way too restrictive for many children, who are better suited to being home-schooled.

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.

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NAPLAN results are 'only a snapshot of how your child was going'

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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.

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Why your child's grit could be more important than their IQ

Why grit sets children apart.

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.

Better than textbooks, apps are providing students with resources and knowledge

Sharpening skills: Manu Multani, left, and teacher Rick Connors from Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton. Apps give students more control over their learning and, for country students, access to opportunities they might otherwise not have.

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.

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NAPLAN results don't tell us the whole story

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Suzanne Rice Results are out for NAPLAN 2014, and already the discussions have started around the meaning of those results.

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Girl, 9, accidentally shoots dead instructor

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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.

How schools across the country are helping themselves

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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.

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High school students being grouped on test results

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Children at Alphington Primary school sitting the Naplan test.

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.

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Report finds Victorian teachers must learn to set quality homework

Homework: new teachers may not be setting the right kind.

Benjamin Preiss Teachers, you have a new assignment - learning to set better homework.

Fairfax launches Boots for Kids

Nicko King and his new boots.

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.

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How to be your teen's career coach

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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.

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Private schooling has little long-term pay-off

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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.

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How technology is shaping their future

Challenges facing parents in the digital age.

Linda Moon A snapshot of issues facing parents raising children in the digital age that we all need to be aware of.

Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law

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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.

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A plea to save the children in Gaza and Israel

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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.

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Should gifted kids be in accelerated programs?

Are gifted programs right for all kids who excel at learning?

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.

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British teacher embarrassed by plagiarised viral letter

Copier: Rachel Tomlinson, headmistress of Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire.

Amy McNeilage A sweet message from a teacher to her students touched many hearts this week but there was just one problem.

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Head of curriculum review wants to bring back corporal punishment in schools

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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.

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Primary school reminds students "there are many ways of being smart"

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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.

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If my daughter had seen this Wicked Campers van

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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.

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Student expulsions and suspensions are increasing

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Alexandra Smith The latest figures reveal NSW students are being expelled at record rates.

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Concerns that Indigenous girls are being neglected

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Celeste Liddle The Smith Family released a report which raised concerns that Indigenous girls had been neglected in the Federal Government's May budget.

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Artist uses Disney Princesses to highlight sex abuse

'Princest',  is a series of poster images from anonymous Middle Eastern artist Saint Hoax, which aims to encourage victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member to report it to the authorities.

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.

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Technology to blame for kids' poor spelling?

What impact is texting having on spelling?

Catherine Rodie Could texting and auto-correct be having an impact on the way children write and spell?

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Are teachers being slowly replaced by computers in classrooms?

The rise of computer led classrooms

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.

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Disney teams up with cyber safety experts to create new program for kids

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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".

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Cool kids at school more likely to act up later in life

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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.

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Under new plan Randwick Racecourse site could become primary school

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Leesha McKenny Sydney's inner east could secure its first new public primary school in decades.

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Uni students studying teaching must pass tough new test to graduate

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Patrick Begley, Alexandra Smith Teaching students in NSW must pass a "tough" new literacy and numeracy test in order to graduate.

12-year-old girls accused of stabbing friend 19 times to appease bogeyman

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Raquel Rutledge A community in Milwaukee is stunned after two 12-year-old girls were charged with the brutal stabbing of a friend.

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Teen students angry after school photoshops their yearbook pictures

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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.

Dads doing dishes help their daughters aim high

What little girls want their daddies to know ...

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.

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Why I take my child to protests

ANU students protest over the federal budget proposed deregulation of university fees. Stefan Postles

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.

Does sex ed need to include lessons on pleasure?

Schools shouldn't only educate about the potential risks of sexual activity but should also 'acknowledge the rewards'.

Catherine Rodie "Pleasurable aspects of sex" and "sexual minority students" should be included in sex education says a British social science lecturer.

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Communication disorders could cause bad classroom behaviour

Research reveals reasons why some children are disruptive in class.

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.

Why I'm raising my children to be feminists

Why feminism still matters.

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.

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Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

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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.

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Three ways to honour Nigeria's missing schoolgirls this Mother's Day

One of the mothers of the missing Chibok school girls wipes her tears as she cries during a rally by

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.

25 mums who are doing it right

Amy Poehler presents the Emmys, along with Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K.

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.

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Private verse Catholic, do the sums and choose a school

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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.

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As laptop scheme ends, what next for families and learning?

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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.

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When your child is an overachiever

Having a driven child is not always a good thing.

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?

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Racism rife in Australian schools

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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.

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Being male doesn't make you a role model

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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.

New rose launched in memory of Daniel Morcombe

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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.

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UK tween mag 'Girl Talk' is swapping sexed-up celebrities for feminist content

Inside the pages of UK's improved 'GIrl Talk'.

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?

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Should the school day start later so that teens can sleep in?

Would teens benefit from a sleep in?

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?

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Single-sex schooling does not improve student outcomes

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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.

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How to stress-proof your child

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Sarah Macdonald Is setting the bar too high causing anxiety disorders and pressures in kids?

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How to choose the right high school

Choosing a high school can be a tough decision.

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.

Why overscheduling kids is robbing them of a life worth living

The importance of 'down time' for kids should not be underestimated.

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.

What is 'unschooling' and could it work for your kids?

Shaking up how kids learn.

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.

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Adopted family subjected to hurtful, insulting comments

Things not to say to adopted children.

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.

Emotional resilience classes needed in schools

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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.

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Flirting between parents in the schoolyard

When is flirting acceptable?

Carolyn Tate Is flirting ever acceptable when you are happily married? How about with other parents at your child's school?

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5 ways to help kids change the world

How to help kids change their world

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.

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