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The Case for $320,000 Prep/Kinder teachers

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life? Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do […]

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Would later school start times benefit Australian students?

Students beginning the day at one NSW school look surprisingly alert and composed. Perhaps this is because it’s midday, the official school starting time – for them. The late starting time is no novelty for these students, from Edmund Rice College, a non-government boys’ school in Wollongong. Their school has been operating with flexible late […]

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Why do Finland’s schools get the best results?

Last year more than 100 foreign delegations and governments visited Helsinki, hoping to learn the secret of their schools’ success. In 2006, Finland’s pupils scored the highest average results in science and reading in the whole of the developed world. In the OECD’s exams for 15 year-olds, known as PISA, they also came second in […]

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Abusing Research

Research, please forgive us. Our relationship with you is clearly dysfunctional. We proclaim to the world how much we care about you, yet we fail to treat you with the respect you deserve. We value you conditionally, listening only when you tell us what we want to hear. We sneak behind your back even while […]

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