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In their early years, children have the ability to accurately produce all sounds of all languages, to mimic a near-perfect accent, which makes it an optimal time for learning a second language. Shutterstock

Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual

Learning languages early makes multilingualism “normal” in classrooms and playgrounds, and builds curiosity and even modest mastery.
4.5 million young Australians between the ages of nine and 24 have taken NAPLAN tests at some point during their schooling. Shutterstock

We need to reform NAPLAN to make it more useful

NAPLAN has now been in place for a decade and needs ongoing review and refinement to make it more useful to classroom teaching and learning.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policy makers. Shutterstock

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.
State curricula articulate principles of respect and ethics in relationships, but some don’t use the word ‘consent’. from shutterstock.com

How #MeToo can guide sex education in schools

The #MeToo movement has sparked discussions about appropriate sexual behaviour that teachers can build on in sexual education.
Currently, only 10% of teachers in primary education are male. Shutterstock

We need to support more men to become primary teachers

It has been predicted we will need 1,627 more classes for primary students nationally before 2025, and to respond to this demand we need to fix the gender imbalance in the teacher workforce.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks. Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Several school systems have become engulfed in cheating scandals as of late. Is the pressure to boost school performance becoming too much? Lightspring/Shutterstock

Why school leaders fake academic success

An education professor, who worked as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools during a cheating scandal that began in 2009, explains what factors and forces lead educators to fake academic success.

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