Maggie Dent Boys will be boys, they tell us, but how many of us actually take this adage to heart and embrace it?
Carolyn Boyd Just how much do school zones impact property prices?
COSIMA MARRINER Schools are introducing rules for how parents and teachers should interact as part of a growing push back against families who hover too much.
JUDITH IRELAND The average school student would be $4000 better off over the next six years, provided the federal government gets an agreement from the states on its long-awaited school education reforms.
About 500 families will be given access to after-hours childcare under government trials to make the system more flexible.
COSIMA MARRINER Schools must weave creativity through their teaching to produce students who will thrive in the digital world where any fact can be Googled in an instant, educators warn.
VICTORIA BIRCH A comprehensive guide to help parents and carers know more about ethics classes in schools.
Amy McNeilage Shakespeare has long been a challenging, and often fiercely resisted, element of high school English.
Josephine Tovey, Georgina Mitchell When it comes to where their children will be educated, many parents are making decisions based on reasons other than religion.
Jean Kemshal-Bell Going back to school can be a drag - for kids and parents. But there are ways to shake the post-holiday blues and get the school year off to a great start. Check out these tips and inspiring Melbourne initiatives.
QUIRKY KID Is cultural diversity embraced in Australian schools? How parents and schools can help foster acceptance and understanding in children.
JO CASAMENTO The online feed stopped me in my tracks. ''Boy, 5, killed while crossing road on way to kindergarten.''
Maggie Dent The recent ‘hugging ban’ in a primary school in WA has triggered quite a response across Australia.
LAKSHMI SINGH In Australia, there are around 10,000 families registered to home-school their child and the number is set to grow.
Anna Fienberg The library is a magical place, inhabited by a cast of invisible people who conduct their lives off stage, yet when introduced to us can transform our world forever.
Staff writers Suri Cruise is settling into life in New York City but where does the world’s most famous six-year-old go to school?
JUSTINE DAVIES The issue of private versus public school funding is a topic that is guaranteed to cause disagreements but what would it actually cost the taxpayer if funding to private schools were cut?
BIANCA HALL Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she would introduce legislation by the end of the year for a national overhaul of school funding designed to raise the performance of Australian students to the top five countries for maths, science and reading by 2025.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN This week, Drummoyne Public School has banned three of the last remaining ways to have actual fun in the playground - handstands, cartwheels and somersaults.
Chris Bonnor What makes a good school? It is students' engagement in learning that matters - not superficial results on a website.
Cosima Marriner Parents are pressuring schools into buying iPads for the classroom, despite a lack of evidence about their educational benefit, no guidelines for teaching with them, and confusion about the best apps to use.
Parents need to be vigilant about the effects of constant stimulation, writes Andrew Stevenson
Staff writers The battle of the school dress code has been waged between students, parents and teachers for generations but do some schools take these standards too far?
The responsibility of raising children into resilient, well-rounded adults rests not only on the shoulders of parents and teachers but the whole community.
James Robertson Peter Overton and Jessica Rowe have two extra reasons to care about literacy - daughters Allegra and Giselle.
JUSTINE DAVIES There seems to be no escape from the constant onslaught of advertisements aimed at our kids but it seems their reach even extends into the classroom. Does your child’s school allow companies to promote their brands in class?
Kim Arlington Encouraging students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to focus on doing their personal best, rather than to ''constantly pit themselves against others'', could help close the achievement gap in schools, new research shows.
Cathy Sherry One of the most disturbing parts of the current discussion of schools is the growing assumption that public schools are woefully underfunded and inadequate.
Jayneen Sanders Teacher and author, Jayneen Sanders shares her tips on how to help children learn their weekly list of words and build their confidence at the same time.
Kylie Orr Four children attending a private high school over six years would set us back close to half a million dollars. Kylie Orr wonders if there are better ways to educate your children.
Karen Hardy So a quarter of Australian children in their final year of primary school believe yoghurt grows on trees? But are we too quick to blame the education system for our children's lack of knowledge?
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN School refusal is a problem many parents face but child psychologist Kimberley O'Brien has some tips on how you can break the cycle.
Gonski recommendations to the federal government on schools funding
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Starting school for children who are shy can be an overwhleming experience but there are ways you can help them develop their social skills, Kimberley O'Brien tells you how.
LAKSHMI SINGH Just like personalities, people have different learning styles. By understanding how your child learns you can help them get the most out of their schooling.
JUSTINE DAVIES The debate for and against homework is as old as – well – homework itself. Justine Davies takes a closer look at the pros and cons of the dreaded task.
Alexandra Back WHEN it comes to school fund-raising, the traditional bake sale and the lamington drive just don't go as far as they used to.
Andrew Stevenson TEACHERS are holding back children who would benefit from being pushed ahead a year at school because of a ''genuine but misplaced'' concern for their welfare, according to the author of a major study of accelerated learning.
Kelly Burke Fathers must share their spanners and power tools with daughters, says researcher.
Kylie Orr Just when I thought my school days were far behind me, I’m reliving the joy of school projects through my children.
Colgate's Bright Smiles Bright Futures kits are eagerly received by the students of class 6S.
Sharon Alger If you are still cursing the dreaded school run, just know it gets better! Here is what helped us.
Jewel Topsfield Schools are the new battleground in the supermarket wars, with Woolworths and Coles spruiking loyalty programs that reward shoppers with equipment for their children's school.
Elisabeth Tarica Traditional games are alive and well in schools despite tougher regulations and the lure of new technology.
Lin Taylor Apart from sparking a sudden interest in atlases and countries starting with 'A', the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest is likely to inspire a few Australians to dust off their high school French or German dictionaries. Or at least romanticise about raising bilingual children.
Kylie Orr There is no substitute for human interaction: human touch, eye contact, tone in voice, nuance in conversation – these things are all lost over a screen.
Scott Whiffin Early this month, and quite suddenly, our roads got busy. The reason was simple: school went back and overnight once-quiet streets were invaded by vast, urgent fleets of cars delivering children to class in the morning and picking them up again in the afternoon.
James Manning It's not only adults wanting to hone kitchen skills. In the wake of Junior MasterChef, the burgeoning and lucrative market for rugrat chefs has not been lost on the industry, and cooking schools across Sydney are working to meet demand.
Schools NSW Does your child talk about the finer points of an oxymoron? Feels personally responsible for the treatment of whales, taught himself or herself to read before starting school, or prefers playing chess to general board games?
DANIELLE TEUTSCH Parents who worry their children do too much schoolwork and extracurricular sport can take heart - it may be keeping them from being glued to more television.
Adam Gabbatt Parents have struggled for years to encourage children to go to bed on time. In Scotland, however, all the family should be enjoying sweet dreams in the future, as pupils are to be given lessons in how to sleep.
Sonja Walker Parents and teachers commonly complain about kids’ inability to plan and execute even the simplest of tasks. But how often do you find yourself doing things for your child because it’s quicker, easier and more efficient?
Anna Patty Homework for infants is crowding out the good times of being a kindergarten kid.
Kylie Orr If I saw a Job ad for “Mother” and “Housewife”, I probably wouldn’t bother applying. The “Mother” role could work but the “Housewife” bit? Puhlease. Who wants to spend their days ironing, picking up clothes, mopping floors and cooking meals?