Asking your child to wash their hands before they eat isn’t useful unless they know why it’s important.
Children don’t learn much about how illnesses spread if they are just taught a list of dos and don’ts. They need to know why an action is useful.
The index finger plays a vital role in early learning.
Tracing over maths problems can enhance students’ learning of more advanced mathematical content and multi-step problems.
Shy teens are more likely to be included in group activities.
The start of a new school year is the time when shy teenagers are least likely to be excluded from new friendship groups.
Nutritional lunches can be achieved with simple core foods such as bread, fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat, fish or egg.
Basic foods can fulfil a child’s nutritional needs at school and keep them energetic and alert.
Australia ranked 5th on the literacy test, ahead of the US and the UK.
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.
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.
Tying funding to disability categories is putting pressure on schools and parents.
By tying funding to disability categories, schools and parents are being put under pressure to seek a diagnosis for their child in order to get funding support.
Most of the new schools needed will be primary schools.
Inner-city parents in urban redevelopment zones are the most likely to have problems getting their children into a government school.
Tackling extremism, building happier adults and delivering a generation that can adapt to rapid change. Putting thinking and thinkers at the heart of the curriculum should be an easy decision.
Language learning is not a passive process in which children simply absorb and copy their parents.
Children don't learn all aspects of language from their parents, but invent a language structure themselves.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
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.
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.
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…
Can secular celebrations ignore the connection between Santa and Jesus?
Sand sculptures by Sudarsan Patnaik. Sanjib Mukherjee/Reuters
You might not believe in God, but do you tell your kids about Santa? How do you explain Christmas to your children if you and they are not religious?
It’s not always a bad thing to lie to your kids.
Stories about Santa can help to develop imagination, so there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little joyful magic into your child’s life.
Kids with disabilities need toys that are useful and respectful.
The history of disability toys – that is, both toys designed for use by disabled children, and toys that depict disability – reflects the changing treatment of the disabled.
The best Christmas gift you can give this year? Listening to someone who needs it – or helping those who help in a crisis.
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I have been ringing Lifeline since I was 12 years old. I'm now 47, and I still call Lifeline around every Christmas – but for better reasons than before.
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).
The celebration of Christmas has distinct variations around the world, with many of these local traditions arising from particular historical circumstances.
Is it really all Ho, Ho, Ho? Or could believing in Santa harm your child's development?
Having tough conversations with kids is important. How you do it is even more crucial.
How best do we teach our kids that the world is not always as we'd like it to be? The 'when' can be out of parents' control, but there are parts of the 'how' that are more manageable.