Nagging can make learning music a misery for everyone. But there are better ways to encourage your child to play.
Nagging or bribing a child to practise their musical instrument only makes the activity feel like a chore. Here's how to support your child and bring back harmony to the whole family.
William Blake, Pity, 1795, Tate.
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The Romantics - including poets William Blake and William Wordsworth - lived in the 18th century, but their passionate ideas about imagination and nature are still influential today.
The man who plowed a van into a crowd in Toronto was a member of the so-called ‘incel’ community.
Men who subscribe to ideological masculinity believe that women's empowerment has left them victimised and discriminated against. And they play out their resentment through violent acts.
Australian book clubs are overwhelmingly white, middle-aged, middle-class and female.
Most book clubs are white and middle-class. Even today, books and reading can presume a divide between Indigenous oral story-telling and non-Indigenous literacy.
Afternoon traffic into Nairobi’s CBD.
Research shows that cities benefit from car-free days in many ways.
BMI takes into account your height and your weight, and that’s it.
All five experts said BMI is not ideal for determining the health of your weight.
In a survey of 159 academics, nearly half reported sexual abuse or harassment.
"Fight sexism": graffiti in Turin November 2016
Academics and PhD students from a number of Australian universities have reported sexualised bullying, unfair workloads, sexual harassment and in some cases even sexual assault, usually from their superiors and supervisors.
Whenever you get a chance, even if it’s only ten minutes, engage in shared reading activities.
Early shared reading is linked to a number of benefits for children, including better performance in NAPLAN, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and mathematics.
Bob Katter leads a group of farmers out of the royal commission hearing in Brisbane.
A number of factors have contributed to the horrible stories coming out of the Royal Commission, including market instability and the financialisation of farming.
The committee has laid out a far-reaching and highly practical work program for regional development.
A new parliamentary report has taken an informed and sensible approach to developing regional Australia, without simply focusing on the contentious issue of decentralisation.
Trends in education suggest an increased focus on the assessment and teaching of thinking skills in the future.
To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.
Reading is a crucial skill, and several strategies can help children improve their reading.
Nana Kofi Acquah/ Capital Photo
Initiatives to tackle South Africa's reading crisis must take the country's realities into account.
Aksi lilin untuk korban pengeboman gereja di Surabaya.
Pemerintah Indonesia menghadapi tantangan berat yang terjadi dalam waktu bersamaan, yaitu kembalinya pejuang IS dan kekerasan ekstrem yang tumbuh di dalam negeri.
A candlelight vigil for the victims of Sunday’s church bombings in Indonesia.
Preventing attacks in Indonesia by militants returning from the front lines in the Middle East may take more coordination with Australia.
The 1979 Iranian revolution wasn’t purely Islamic but the clerics, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, made it so to consolidate their power.
Reformists are calling for the emancipation of religion from a state that's seen to exploit Islam for purposes of political power. This remains the most formidable challenge to Iran’s ruling clergy.
The legacy of capping funding for universities will be a less skilled future workforce, and an Australian youth that miss out on the educational opportunities available to their parents.
Discontinuing the demand driven system will mean less people are able to get a higher education, particularly groups of people who are already at a disadvantage.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan.
Photo credit: Exercise Oncology Team at Australian Catholic University
Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
Avengers: Infinity War is more than empty spectacle, particularly due to its complex villain Thanos.
To some, superhero films are the equivalent of fracking. But they offer audiences transcendence, mystery, a moral compass, and even the hope of salvation.
Ashley Lyons and Heather Mitchell as Cate McGregor pre- and post-transition in Still Point Turning.
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Still Point Turning highlights the stigma and controversy around Australia's most high-profile transgender person.
Hockey player Mark Knowles will retire after the Commonwealth Games.
Many athletes struggle with joblessness, depression or a lack of purpose as they enter retirement.