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18 November 2009 |
The movement of existing theological schools into the university structure restores the ancient place of theology as a discipline within a university. But universities could be more interested in money than theology, with theological colleges bringing healthy student numbers and value for money research outputs.
20 October 2009 |
A Queensland father removed his children from a Catholic primary school in protest against the graphic sexual education given to his children. Schools are best placed to cover sexual health because students can be
supported in developing a mature sexual ethic.
30 September 2009 |
After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell.
29 September 2009 |
According to NSW education policy, if a parent wants their child to opt out of religious education, that child is not
entitled to any instruction during
this period. An alliance of parents and educators is pushing for an ethics-based alternative to religious education.
26 August 2009 |
Students are more proficient in technology than their teachers and are accessing information their elders
would not have known. They wonder, if they can already function as if they have finished school, then what's the point of school? It's a fair question.
24 August 2009 |
A neoliberal funding policy has undermined the ability of Catholic schools to meet poor children's
needs. Instead, Catholic schools have allowed millions of tax dollars to be siphoned off
public schools and given to the private sector.
03 March 2009 |
The student teacher is doing his best, trying to teach abstract ideas in a difficult play about a postmodern world. A girl in the front row is discussing her new 'vampire' boyfriend. 'He's in 12B,' she says. 'I can't take my eyes off him.'
17 February 2009 |
A recent report into higher education is caught between discontent and fatalism about what prevents universities from doing better for students from the margins. The system's biggest failure may lie in what the report didn't ask.
10 February 2009 |
Many of the things that impact upon a teacher's efficacy are beyond their control - the quality of a child's homelife, the politicisation of the curriculum. One thing they can control is much they care, though this may bring new teachers little comfort in the months ahead.
02 February 2009 |
These are earnest kids, wanting to succeed. Society has told
them that to succeed they must be able to draw a parabola,
find the vertex, state the axis of symmetry. This city
has two million adults — how many ever heard of an axis of
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