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Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments. 'Flower' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind America’s insistence on instilling grit in kids?

One of the newest trends in education is teaching students how to develop grit. But what's even meant by 'grit'? And what if grit means something different for everyone?
Great teachers are those who have an impact on each student. from www.shutterstock.com

What is the role of a teacher?

Public perception of teachers influences not only those who may be considering entering teaching, but also how those in this profession perceive themselves.
Governments reform agendas determine which aspects of teacher education to improve. Katina Curtis/AAP

Political meddling in teacher education needs to stop

Despite a steady stream of reviews into teacher education, little action has been taken. It has become a 'policy problem'. What is the evidence for current policy?
We are going to see more teachers working outside their area of expertise. from www.shutterstock.com

What will school education look like by 2020?

Teacher education is set to become increasingly part-time, female-dominated, with more teachers working outside their area of expertise.
Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher performance pay. from www.shutterstock.com

Three schools reforms that will lift student outcomes

Focusing on progress – not just achievement – and investing in improving teaching practice will help to lift slipping standards in Australian schools.
For some parents, home schooling helps to focus on a child’s individual needs, rather than just on grades. from www.shutterstock.com

More parents are choosing to home school their children – why?

Home-schooled children appear to do neither worse nor better than those who attend regular school, so why is there an increasing number of parents who are opting for their child to be educated at home?
Students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in Aurukun. Peter Holmes A Court

What went wrong at Aurukun School?

The lesson to be learned from Aurukun is around the impact of out-sourcing education to commercial interests.

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