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Did your folks finish high school? If not, you might be getting paid less for it. State Library Victoria

How your parents' level of education affects your chances

A new report shows that hourly wages of workers whose parents had a tertiary degree are significantly higher, on average, than hourly wages of workers whose parents have lesser qualifications.
The classic lecture theatre hasn’t changed much over the centuries. Justin Kern/Flickr

Let’s not abandon the humble lecture quite yet

Lectures are being abandoned in favour of "flipped" classes, with lots of short videos and quizzes. But the lecture format has merits that shouldn't be overlooked.
Boxing clever? Osborne delivers. Andy Rain/EPA

Budget 2015: Experts respond

Instant reaction from academics as George Osborne delivers his post-election budget.
Many classrooms have embraced digital technology, but it hasn’t always translated into improved learning outcomes. Brad Flickinger/Flickr

No gimmicks: technology in schools must serve a purpose

There were lots of fun gadgets and gizmos on display at the recent EduTech conference. But most of it is really just gimmickry when we really need a greater focus on learning.
Despite increases in education attainment, the educated youth in sub-Saharan Africa find that there are no jobs suited to their levels of education. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

School enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa have increased markedly in recent years, but it is failing its newly educated young by not creating jobs commensurate with their education.
Education is a central economic pillar, but of greater importance is its contribution to our society. Flickr/Bb Inthavong

Australia’s ‘five pillar economy’: education

Education is a central pillar of our economy. Not only does the education sector employ nearly 8% of Australian workers, it is our fourth largest export earner.
What’s the point of being a great musician if it comes at the cost of a life well lived? chibi_m

Classical music training and abuse cultures – we need to act now

Like the medical profession, classical music is being forced publicly to confront an endemic culture of sexual harassment. Self-regulation has failed young musicians and action is long overdue.
If you’re not born with creativity, do you have to struggle to acquire it? Robin Taylor/Flickr

Teaching creativity: born that way or waiting for the muse?

Recently one of my Masters students, a filmmaker from the Czech Republic, told me his friends back at home were completely baffled that he was in Australia studying creative writing. You were either creative…
First Lady visits charter school in Washington DC. Yuri Gripas/Shutterstock

Charter schools: fabulous or failures?

Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…

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