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José Martí’s teachings are found in all Cuban classrooms – and on Havana’s walls. Emmanuel Huybrechts/Flickr

Cuban schools’ focus on ‘good values’ holds global lessons

A great deal of thinking about Cuba's education system originated from one man. So who was José Martí, and what can his ideas about values education teach other countries?
When children start school, they need to develop reading fluency. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: how is literacy taught in schools?

There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.
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.
Some students struggle with reading and need to be taught in different ways. from www.shutterstock.com

Schools need advice on how to help students with reading difficulties

Around a fifth of children aged five to 16 will experience reading difficulties. Schools need clear guidelines on how to choose the best literacy programs for their students.
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…
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How to keep kids reading over the Christmas break

Children who fail to read regularly during long breaks from school will often see their reading ability drop. Here's how to keep kids engaged in reading.
Rembrandt’s famous painting – commonly known as The Night Watch – doesn’t even take place at night. 'Rembrandt' via www.shutterstock.com

How the painting got its name

The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.

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