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Employers’ demand for critical thinking skills in new graduates has risen 158% in three years. from www.shutterstock.com

What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it?

Being a good critical thinker is a desirable and highly-sought after trait for getting a job in today's economy. But are universities actually teaching this skill effectively?
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read. Flickr/horrigans

How to teach literacy so no child is left behind

We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Watch out! Trigger warnings sign-post difficult material, giving the audience a chance to prepare. Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr

In praise of trigger warnings

In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.
Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments. 'Flower' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind America’s insistence on instilling grit in kids?

One of the newest trends in education is teaching students how to develop grit. But what's even meant by 'grit'? And what if grit means something different for everyone?
Great teachers are those who have an impact on each student. from www.shutterstock.com

What is the role of a teacher?

Public perception of teachers influences not only those who may be considering entering teaching, but also how those in this profession perceive themselves.
Governments reform agendas determine which aspects of teacher education to improve. Katina Curtis/AAP

Political meddling in teacher education needs to stop

Despite a steady stream of reviews into teacher education, little action has been taken. It has become a 'policy problem'. What is the evidence for current policy?

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