For linguists, the statement “language change is inevitable” is uncontroversial. Yet we’re constantly told that teenagers (and, it seems, celebrity chefs) are destroying the English language. If we believe the warnings, then soon all younger generations will communicate as if they’re composing an SMS or Facebook update and dictionaries will be full of inane abbreviations […]
Literacy advocates say magic happens when a young child is read to regularly. Research shows that the love of reading at an early age is key to success in school and later life. Published on The News Leader website. Read the full article.
At a time when memory is being erased and the political relevance of education is dismissed in the language of measurement and quantification, it is all the more important to remember the legacy and work of Paulo Freire. Freire is one of the most important educators of the 20th century and is considered one of […]
The Infusion of the Arts Appears to be Gaining a Stronger Foothold at a Time When Advocates Are Struggling to Ensure Time and Support for Their Disciplines Published on The Education Week website. Read the full article.
Chris Bonner (a board member of Big Picture Education Australia) takes the latest fads in schooling with a pinch of salt but one project to help disadvantaged children has made him a convert. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full article.
ONE in five Melbourne four-year-olds have difficulty using or understanding language, a new study has found, putting them at risk of long-term learning difficulties. The study of 1900 children, published today in the journal Pediatrics, found that social disadvantage played a major role in the language outcomes of four-year-olds – despite having little effect at […]
YEAR 12 students are taking classes to relearn the art of using a pen and paper so they can successfully negotiate the Higher School Certificate. The disjunction between a modern generation who are skilled keyboard users and the need to write exams by hand has prompted several schools and parents to seek help for their […]
Time for play and having a childhood is being sacrificed in the race for higher marks at school. Parents have told the Herald their children are doing too much homework – up to an hour or more a day in kindergarten. While some say they have opted out of forcing too much homework on their children, […]
There is mounting evidence amongst brain researchers and psychologists that daydreaming is good for us. It helps students to plan and to develop self-regulation. Daydreaming has been an important factor for creative, successful scientists who have really advanced things. Schools need to recognise the power of daydreaming. Schools could benefit by allowing brief periods where […]
Debate is intensifying over whether children with special needs or disabilities should be educated away from mainstream classrooms. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full article.