Category Archives: Education

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

“Differences in educational outcomes between individual schools in most areas are relatively trivial, meaning parents rarely send their children farther afield than the local comprehensive. Pupils are generally more content too: a quality-not-quantity approach means school hours are shorter and homework duties are light. After-school tutoring is rare. Finnish children are happier and less stressed than their British contemporaries.” Continue reading

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We are living in the age of unreason and that’s a fact

“Pete Evans, whose talent at cooking led him to repeatedly dispense crackpot medical advice … Such is his misplaced self-confidence that he thinks it acceptable to tell people to do the opposite of what the evidence says they should.” Continue reading

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It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

‘As his behavior continued to deteriorate, she tried to take the game away but John threw temper tantrums. His outbursts were so severe that she gave in, still rationalizing to herself over and over again that “it’s educational.”’ Continue reading

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What justice reinvestment can do for juvenile offenders 

“Not only is incarcerating children detrimental to their development as contributing and functioning members of society, it costs taxpayers a lot. According to a report prepared for a committee on government expenditure it costs $652 a day to incarcerate a young person.

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child says detention should be a last resort but we lock Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up at a rate that’s 26 times higher than non-Indigenous kids.” Continue reading

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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person… 

“This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It’s not your fault you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. BUT, whether you realize it or not, you DO benefit from it, and it IS your fault if you don’t maintain awareness of that fact.” Continue reading

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‘Homosexuality will send people to hell’

“The gay lifestyle is “unhappy” and the punishment for gay sex is death: these are among the messages in sermons delivered by evangelical churches that hold their services on public school grounds in NSW.” Continue reading

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School choice is clogging our roads

“”Once a year at enrolment time these same principals are competing against each other, so, dare they share their secrets of success with their rivals?”

Professor Hattie said Australians loved to debate the “the things that matter the least”.

This included autonomy, teaching aides and class sizes.”

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Mass Misinformation – Confirmation Bias

“The global risk of massive digital misinformation sits at the centre of a constellation of technological and geopolitical risks ranging from terrorism tocyber attacks and the failure of global governance.”

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Water divining test fails to produce desired result

“Wagga Boat Club Commodore Mick Henderson said the project cost about $60,000, of which $30,000 was public funds.” Continue reading

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Queensland students asked to re-enact beheadings

In another bizarre and violent religious practice being forced upon children, this time storeyed by the Queensland government. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/04/21/07/44/queensland-religious-students-asked-to-re-enact-beheadings#EjYWi7m0rGlQc3RF.99 Their materials are for sale for primary school students. https://www.cepstore.com.au/connect

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