25 février 2018

The Winter Olympics reminds us of the value of learning a second language

The ConversationPotentially related to Japanese, Korean first borrowed its writing system from Chinese characters. But King Sejong the Great introduced a new writing system in the 15th century. He wanted everybody to be able to read and write, which had been difficult when using Chinese characters.
The new writing system, Hangul, was an innovation Koreans are still proud of today. The document in which it was introduced, the Hunminjeongeum, is one of Korea’s most important historical documents; the date of its publication – October 9, 1446 – is now Hangul Day, a public holiday. More...

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Vice-chancellors’ salaries are just a symptom of what’s wrong with universities

The ConversationWhile Breakwell’s annual salary of A$812,000 created a storm, Australia’s highest paid vice-chancellors take home around 1.5 times that. In fact, Breakwell’s salary would rank 28th in Australia out of 38 vice-chancellors. More...

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Kids’ learning and health is shaped by genes they don’t inherit, as well as genes they do

The ConversationIt’s a hoary old debate: how much do our genes define how we grow and learn, and how much is due to the environment? A new study by Kong and colleagues shows that parents’ genes, even those not passed on to children, have major effects on kids’ health and educational attainment. More...

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How to keep school lunches safe in the heat

The ConversationWhen left out in the heat, foods such as meat, cheese, fish and milk will spoil and start to smell because of bacteria such as Pseudomonas. But while it’s certainly not a good idea for your child to nibble on spoiled foods, such bacteria don’t usually result in gastrointestinal symptoms. More...

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Combatting online bullying is different for girls and boys: here’s why

The ConversationThe focus on gender in “next step” interventions is noticeably absent. Intervention protocols have viewed teenage girls’ and boys’ online interaction as more or less the same. This is a mistake. Teenage girls, especially those aged 12 to 14, are more likely than any other demographic to experience cyberbullying, and anxiety and depression after bullying episodes. More...

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Visa policy for overseas students with a disability is nonsensical and discriminatory

The ConversationInternational education is one of the pillars of economic growth in Australia. The government is committed to welcoming people who genuinely want, and can afford, to study here. More...

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We have a national STEM strategy, but what we need is a successful one

The ConversationAustralian schools are now wrestling with a new digital technologies curriculum. In this new subject, every student in Australia will learn the fundamentals of computer science, data science and coding. More...

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Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

The ConversationThe past decade has seen a boom in the construction of trendy buildings with visually appealing interiors in schools and universities. Proponents highlight the potential of these flexible and technology-rich spaces, referred to as innovative learning environments (ILEs), to shape behaviours to enhance student learning. More...

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NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

The ConversationFor the last few years, across Australia, there have been a growing number of concerns of the provision of education for children with a disability. After representation to the NSW Parliament from parents, teachers and academics presenting evidence of discrimination and abuse, an inquiry was initiated in 2016. More...

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Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy? Not remotely – or in cities

The ConversationEvery year in Australia, the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results show Indigenous school students are well behind their non-Indigenous peers. Reducing this disparity is a vital part of Australia’s national Closing the Gap policy. The tenth Closing the Gap report will be published on Monday. More...

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