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Language Gap for disadvantaged children

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 […]

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Kids have no time for play

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, […]

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New thinking backs daydream believers

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 […]

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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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