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Modern high school students are learning two very different approaches to World War I. Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

How should World War I be taught in American schools?

High school students in America learn two very different perspectives on World War I in their U.S. and world history classes. But which of these competing viewpoints should take center stage?
Alie Fataar, photographed during his exile in Zambia, was a revolutionary teacher. Courtesy of Alie Fataar

Born into revolution: reflections on a radical teacher’s life

Alie Fataar exemplifies the type of teacher South Africa sorely requires today if its classrooms are to be used to develop a new generation of critical, engaged students.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts. John Tammaro / flickr

Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Back to school – understanding challenges faced by Indigenous children

Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
Gifted children can benefit from being grouped together in specialist schools or classes. from www.shutterstock.com

Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Failing to provide an appropriate education for students who are gifted increases the risk of mental health issues, boredom, frustration, and behavioural problems.
How can we use data from international tests to improve student learning? from www.shutterstock.com

NAPLAN results: moving beyond our obsession with numbers

Various forms of testing that reduce students’ knowledge, capacities and skills to a single number cannot of themselves help inform improvement.

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