EDUCATION


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Best of 2011: Germaine Greer's Catholic education

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05 January 2012 | Gregory Day

Germaine GreerIn trying to convince my atheist goddaughter to embrace her Catholic schooling, I found an unlikely role model. I'd never thought of Greer as a chip off the old block of a convent education. Now I realised that that's exactly what she was. Published 22 February 2011


The best teacher I ever knew

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06 December 2011 | Frank O'Shea

Teacher's handTop classes or remedial ones, nerds or footballers, were all the same to Albert: he was first a teacher of boys and then a teacher of maths. One of Sydney's most prestigious schools offered him a position which he turned down due to a disability that would remain with him for the rest of his life.


Future bites for theological colleges

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05 September 2011 | Neil Ormerod

TeethThe Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency will have real teeth, operating on a risk analysis basis with the power to deregister institutions. In this context Melbourne College of Divinity's historic bid to become a specialised 'university of divinity' is a leap of faith.


Religious education ceasefire

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28 July 2011 | Fatima Measham

Peace sign on a blackboardThe stoush over school ethics classes recalls the war in US schools over 'creation science' and its place in the curriculum. Christians should support programs that give students opportunities to think deeply about what it means to be a human among other humans.


How to measure a teacher

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08 May 2011 | Fatima Measham

Tape measureOne in ten primary and secondary teachers will be entitled to extra pay as acknowledgement of their performance. While this is positive, the evaluation criteria seems biased against teachers in disadvantaged suburbs or those who voluntarily teach in remote regions.


Rethinking religious education

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26 April 2011 | Gary Bouma

Religious educationIf the aim is to inform students about religions, this is best done within the curriculum by people trained to deliver such content in a way that engenders respect for all religions. Problems arise if the goal is to produce believers in a particular religion.


Germaine Greer's Catholic education

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22 February 2011 | Gregory Day

Germaine GreerIn trying to convince my atheist goddaughter to embrace her Catholic schooling, I found an unlikely role model. I'd never thought of Greer as a chip off the old block of a convent education. Now I realised that that's exactly what she was.


Why private schools need more money

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07 February 2011 | Chris Middleton

A recent poll shows 70 per cent of people think the Federal Government gives too much money to private schools. Catholic schools have contributed enormously to the Australian community, and thus make a claim for some funding on the basis of the common good.


Education in a post-WikiLeaks world

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15 December 2010 | Fatima Measham

Mathematics symbols in chalk on blackboardThe National Curriculum has sparked passionate debate. An enlightened society upholds that its young people are more than just future workers; they are human beings first. Unfortunately, it is easier to generate data for the knowledge and skills that we expect of future workers.


Tokenistic action against homophobic bullies

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01 November 2010 | Fatima Measham

Principals and teachers can keep gay young people safe at school only to the extent that they are also safe in the wider community. While ticking boxes on ‘teacher training, resources and consultancy’ may not adequately address the source of the behaviour of homophobic bullies, such programs remain important.


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