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Considering the prevalence of typing, why waste time teaching children handwriting? Shutterstock

Teaching cursive handwriting is an outdated waste of time

Many lament that the “good old days” when they were taught “the basics” at school have gone. When launching the National Curriculum in 2010, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd stated his objective was: … without…
Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill shows some of his ball skills to some young fans. AAP/Newzulu/Adam Marsters

The football skills needed for victory in the Asian Cup final

Watch out for some clever footwork and ball skills in this weekend’s Asian Cup final when the Socceroos face South Korea at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The championship – played on Australian…
Cyclists on the North Essendon Board Track, early 1950s. Courtesy Leon Sims.

Wheel Life - Cycling Recollections of the 1950s & 1960s

Australian cycling seems in great shape these days, with good crowd numbers at the elite races and championship events, and a new media broadcast deal by Cycling Australia set to boost coverage and public…
Australian kids are falling behind their international peers in fundamental movement skills. Jason Devaun

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international…
More tech on the way to keep us watching sport live on TV. CCat

New gadgets and gimmicks to keep us watching sport live on TV

Australia’s love of sport appears to be more from in front of a TV screen than actually attending any event live, and that could be on the increase given some of the new technology heading our way. Samsung…
Hawk-eye technology can be used to do more than just check those troublesome line calls in tennis. AAPImage/Lukas Coch

Beyond the line call: how Hawk-Eye can improve performance

The evolution of professional tennis has always been linked to the changing technology of the day. For example, the decline of the wooden racket lead to the whole new power-based style of play we enjoy…
Typical sports nutrition guidelines advocate eating carbohydrate-rich food before, during and after exercise to maximise performance. jeffreyw/Flickr

Health Check: do you really need carbs to recover from exercise?

Carbohydrate-rich diets are often recommended as part of exercise regimes to promote recovery and maximise performance. But recent research suggesting such foods may not help exercise recovery and their…
World No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic practises at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, for this year’s Australian Open. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Rich rewards for those at the top in tennis, but what of the rest?

The world’s best tennis players are preparing to battle it out in Melbourne as the 2015 Australian Open gets under way this week. With rising grand-slam prize-money and better-than-ever exposure, you might…
Which team did you support in the first 2015 Asian Cup game between Australia and Kuwait, in Melbourne? Flickr/Tourism Victoria

Australians taking sides in the Asian Cup, but for which team?

The passions of some Australians attending games in the 2015 Asian Cup that don’t involve the Socceroos has generated more comment than the crowd at the Australian games. Most notably, in their first game…
Claire Wright won the Stella Prize in 2014, the Year of Reading Women Writers, but it’s ok to read her work in 2015. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Enough lists: 2015 is another good year to read books by women

When we waved goodbye to 2014, we also farewelled one of my favourite initiatives – The Year of Reading Women. After reading Joanna Russ’ 1983 book How to Suppress Women’s Writing in December 2012, author…
The current five year broadcast rights for Cricket Australia are A$590 million. AAP/Dean Lewins

The future of sportscasting? Cricket Australia launches on Apple TV

Yesterday Cricket Australia launched onto the Apple TV network, becoming the first Australian sports organisation to join the platform. The new Cricket Australia channel will feature a mixture of interviews…
Why do our discussions of creative genius so often confine the conversation to male writers such as Jonathan Franzen? AAP Image/Harper Collins

Genius – still a country for white, middle class, heterosexual men

I recently watched Salinger (2013), the documentary about the late American writer J.D. Salinger, famous recluse and author of The Catcher in the Rye. In it, the word “genius” was bandied about often and…
The education issues paper for the federalism white paper says perhaps education is best left up to those closer to it: the states and territories. AAP

Federal government to take a back seat in education?

Released two days before Christmas, you could be forgiven for missing the issues paper on government roles and responsibilities in education that is part of the process in developing the federalism white…
In a new book, author Frank Moorhouse calls for a new compact between intelligence agency ASIO and Australian society. AAP/Dan Peled

Book review: Australia Under Surveillance

Frank Moorhouse is known primarily – but not exclusively – for his award-winning fiction such as the Edith Triology. In more recent times, he has turned his considerable talents to the role of the Australian…
When the construction phase of Queensland LNG projects like this one in Gladstone moves into production, there will be winners and losers. Dave Hunt/AAP

Why gas isn’t the answer to falling commodity prices or employment

The large Queensland liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects currently under construction will begin production over the next two years. Exploiting previously unused reserves of coal seam gas, the LNG produced…
Small hands need small sporting equipment … but what about less bouncy balls? PJMixer/Flickr

Why Santa should bring your kids the right-sized sports gear

Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right? Well, in recent years there’s been strong opposition against children playing modified…
Just because Barbie has impossible proportions, does that mean playing with her will distort young girls' body image? Flickr/Freddycat1

Is Barbie bad for body image?

Launched in 1959, named after the inventor’s daughter Barbara, and owned by 99% of 3-10 year old girls in the USA, Barbie has been a popular request on young girls’ Christmas wish lists for 55 years. So…
Toys often advertise themselves as being educational, but how true is this? Flickr/Tor Hakon Haugen

Can toys really be ‘educational’? Well that depends on the parents

Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love playing and that play is regarded as the most effective…
First 5 winners of the Austral Wheel Race (1887-1891)

The Austral: World’s oldest track cycling race

Cycling in Australia centres around the Austral Wheel Race, and no other wheeling event in the world is so rich in traditions. It is an oft-told tale now, this of the Austral, as it has been repeated each…

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