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Sports have long been seen as a way to improve outcomes in Indigenous communities, but more research is needed to structure better programs. Paul Miller/AAP

Are sports programs closing the gap in Indigenous communities? The evidence is limited

A review of 20 studies shows that sport can improve outcomes for Indigenous youth in education and culture, but the evidence on longer-lasting impacts is lacking.
Research is mixed about whether children lose learning during summer break. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

5 things parents need to know about ‘summer loss’

While many studies and news articles say children lose academically over the summer break, a researcher says the worries are exaggerated.
Many women perceive period pain as something they just have to put up with. But the symptoms can be managed. From shutterstock.com

Period pain is impacting women at school, uni and work. Let’s be open about it

Period pain is common, and the evidence shows it can hinder a woman's performance at school, university and work. To tackle this problem, we need to start talking about it.
Today’s view of education is largely underpinned by the philosophy of pragmatism. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

What’s the point of education? It’s no longer just about getting a job

The Ancient Greeks modelled a form of education that, in variants, has endured for centuries. But with climate change and globalisation, the world has changed, and the role of education with it.
Students at the Parana Federal University in Curitiba, Brazil, protest planned cuts to federal spending on higher education planned by President Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing government, May 30, 2019. The banner reads ‘In defense of education.’ Reuters/Rodolfo Buhrer

Brazilian universities fear Bolsonaro plan to eliminate humanities and slash public education budgets

Brazil's new president was elected on promises to radically restructure Brazil. But proposed education spending cuts and curricular changes have students and teachers marching in the streets.
Our experts take a closer look at what’s in store for the country in five key policy areas: health, tax, education, infrastructure and the environment. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Key challenges for the re-elected Coalition government: our experts respond

Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?
Thurgood Marshall outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 1958. Marshall, the head of the NAACP’s legal arm who argued part of the case, went on to become the Supreme Court’s first African-American justice. AP

The Brown v. Board of Education case didn’t start how you think it did

While the Brown vs. Board of Education case is often celebrated for ordering school desegregation, history shows many black people in the city where the case began opposed integrated schools.

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