Research shows many concepts are best learned in the language that the learner understands.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.
Emoji provide a living language that is representative and inclusive in ways that words can't always be. Just be careful if you use the eggplant or peach emoji.
Poor literacy impacts a child's life chances – but there may be a rather colourful solution.
Pencil by default: the digital skills demanded by the welfare system may baffle Daniel Blake, but he is resourceful, creative and willing to work.
Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?
The latest round of NAPLAN results show Australia's school systems are not good at reducing the influence of a student's background on their academic achievement.
If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.
A focus on phonics may be the cure to Australia's literacy woes.
Images of Castro as either a monster or saviour miss the mark, but his commitment to literacy and culture is undeniable.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
For subjects mired in jargon and technical words, what role does language play in breaking down obstacles to communication and understanding.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
A key argument in support of the jury system is that it is a valued form of citizen participation in democracies. But the system has led to human rights abuses in Ghana.
Parents are sending their children to private pre-school programs as a way to ensure they are ready to start school. But are these effective?
The Productivity Commission has said that education spending has substantially increased over the last decade but student achievement has shown little or no improvement. Is that true?