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.
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 […]
Finding solutions to boys’ reading problems may require looking beyond gender. Published on The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the full article.
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 […]
Dr. Stephen Krashen is a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. He has written numerous books on his research into literacy and language acquisition. In recent years he has emerged as a persistent voice pointing towards the basic steps we should take to build literacy and strong academic skills for our students. He […]
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 […]