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Public education helps us live longer

Public education helps us live longer

In all the studies that have analyzed the relationship between health, life expectancy and socioeconomic factors, there is a clear trend: the higher the socioeconomic level, the better health and greater longevity. This relationship is known as the “social gradient in health.” Understanding the extent to which education, occupation, and income affect our physical well-being and longevity […] … learn more→

Year 9 is often seen as the ‘lost year’. Here’s what schools are trying to keep kids engaged

Year 9 is often seen as the ‘lost year’. Here’s what schools are trying to keep kids engaged

Each year in Victoria, thousands of students disengage from school between the start of Year 9 and the end of Year 12. Many are expelled or suspended. Others simply switch off in class, skip lessons, or quit school to seek out different educational and training pathways. Whatever the reason, many high school teachers say something significant happens to school engagement levels around […] … learn more→

Exploring the Intersection of World Education and Music

Exploring the Intersection of World Education and Music

Education and music are two universal facets of human culture that consistently intertwine. Every community, on every continent, values the act of teaching and the art of creating sound. Even online, there are resources like guitartopreview.com dedicated to helping budding musicians cultivate their skills. The intersection of world education and music offers a unique perspective on how […] … learn more→

What do teachers do in the school holidays? They work, plan, and rest

What do teachers do in the school holidays? They work, plan, and rest

Many people believe teaching is an easy job involving short days and long holidays. Anyone working in the profession, however, will tell you this is not the truth. They will tell you teaching is a rewarding job, but that teachers are stressed and overworked. This has been made worse by a severe teacher shortage in recent years. In […] … learn more→

How effective is fear as a teaching tool? How and what do we learn when we are scared?

How effective is fear as a teaching tool? How and what do we learn when we are scared?

Many of us remember vividly being yelled at or feeling threatened by a family member, a teacher, or a boss. Terrifying experiences often get imprinted in our memory; remembering frightening events is essential to avoid them in future. It is a normal reaction that promotes our survival. This strong connection between fear and memory may lead […] … learn more→

Can you learn by playing? Board games to train the brain

Can you learn by playing? Board games to train the brain

When we play chess or cards, we can feel like we are racking our brains. But is it true that they stimulate our mind? Can playing board games help us train memory, attention or impulse control? Play, in addition to a recognized right of childhood, is what allows us to learn from our environment from an early […] … learn more→

There’s a call for a new ‘behaviour curriculum’ in Australian schools. Is that a good idea?

There’s a call for a new ‘behaviour curriculum’ in Australian schools. Is that a good idea?

Earlier this month, a Senate inquiry recommended Australian students get specific lessons in how to behave. Following concerns about increasing levels of disruptive behaviour in Australian schools at both primary and high school levels, the inquiry wants to see: the explicit teaching of behaviour [as a] vital component of the Australian Curriculum. This would mean behaviour would […] … learn more→

Festive season

Festive season

It’s tempting to see the next little while as a space free from work, a space that gives you time to work. Well, of course you can do this if you want to, if you need to. For people who are part time doctoral researchers, sometimes the late December period is one of the few […] … learn more→

Maths: the “Singapore method”, cure or mirage?

Maths: the “Singapore method”, cure or mirage?

Tuesday December 5, 2023, communicating on the results of French students in the international PISA survey, the Minister of National Education Gabriel Attal proposed revising primary school curricula to gradually adopt the Singapore method, seen as a remedy for the “level” considered too low in mathematics. Can the objective of improving the performance of French students […] … learn more→