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Australia ranked 5th on the literacy test, ahead of the US and the UK. from www.shutterstock.com

Literacy standards aren’t falling, but they are changing

The political obsession with back to basics literacy is leaving schools behind. What is taught in school is becoming increasingly distant from what is required in the real world.
Children with severe social, emotional or behavioural disorders are the least welcome in schools. from www.shutterstock.com

How schools avoid enrolling children with disabilities

Children with disabilities are frequently discriminated against in Australian schools, with parents asked to send their child to another school or fork out extra money.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery. Flickr/Luca Montanari

Pregnant women and parents misled about dangers of living with lead pollution

Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Raising a child bilingually does not cause language learning difficulties. www.shutterstock.com

Debunking common myths about raising bilingual children

Parents shouldn't be concerned if their bilingual child is slower to develop their vocabularly, because in most cases this is just a temporary lag.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from www.shutterstock.com

2015, the year that was: Education

2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
It’s not always a bad thing to lie to your kids. from www.shutterstock.com

Should I lie to my child about Santa?

Stories about Santa can help to develop imagination, so there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little joyful magic into your child’s life.
In the Netherlands, the tradition goes that Sinterklaas lives in Madrid, wears a red clerical robe and a bishop’s mitre, and has servants called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (Black Peters). from www.shutterstock.com

Schnapps, whipping and sacks: how Christmas traditions evolved around the world

The celebration of Christmas has distinct variations around the world, with many of these local traditions arising from particular historical circumstances.

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