29 juillet 2018

‘Western civilisation’? History teaching has moved on, and so should those who champion it

The ConversationThe Australian National University recently decided not to accept money from the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to set up a Western civilisation degree. They join the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University and others who have also been approached but not pursued any similar arrangement. More...

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ANU stood up for academic freedom in rejecting Western Civilisation degree

The ConversationThe Australian National University’s decision to withdraw from negotiations with the Ramsay Centre over its proposed very generous gift in support of a new Western Civilisation degree program continues to generate strident criticism from certain quarters, enthusiastically endorsed by the The Australian newspaper in particular. More...

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We asked five experts: should mobile phones be banned in schools?

The ConversationNSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes has ordered a review into phone use in schools. He said the review would look at the risks and rewards of social media. The review will ultimately decide whether to ban mobile phones in NSW schools. More...

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Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual

The ConversationSome 300 languages are spoken in Australia. In the Greater Sydney area alone, nearly 40% of households speak a language other than English and many children of these households attend weekend community language learning. More...

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Racism, citizenship and schooling: why we still have some way to go

The ConversationAt a Senate Estimates hearing in May, LNP Senator Ian MacDonald said he found it difficult to find any but “very rare” cases of racism in Australia. Though, he did concede perhaps this view had developed “living in a bubble”. Bubbles are dangerous places from which to make public policy. More...

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Fixing the shortage of specialist science and maths teachers will be hard, not impossible

The ConversationAcross Australia, we are facing a massive shortage of specialist mathematics and science teachers, particularly in physics and chemistry. With imminent retirements and poor retention rates, this problem will only get worse. It has already reached crisis point in some areas. More...

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‘Where are you from?’ is a complicated question. This is how young Australians answer

The ConversationOur study looked at how 642 Australian adolescents from Queensland and Victoria respond to the question “where are you from?”, and why they respond as they do to help explain why this question can cause so much misunderstanding. More...

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PhD completion: an evidence-based guide for students, supervisors and universities

The ConversationMany students enrol in a Master or PhD postgraduate research degree, but few complete them. From 2010-2016, 437,030 domestic and international students enrolled in postgraduate research programs in Australian public universities. Only 65,101 completed within the same six year period. More...

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Why do kids lie, and is it normal?

The ConversationChildren typically begin lying in the preschool years, between two and four years of age. These intentional attempts at deception may worry parents, who fear their child will become a pint-sized social deviant. More...

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The great irony in punishing universities for ‘failing’ to uphold freedom of speech

The ConversationAll Australian universities are required by law to commit to intellectual freedom as a condition of operating. This is also their central purpose. All Australian universities have guarantees of academic freedom contained in their governance documents, which can be located in the enterprise agreement or elsewhere. More...

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