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Australian National University vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said Australia was at risk of losing huge research capacity after the budget revealed the government expects borders to remain closed for another year.

Research could take ‘decades to recover’ after budget overlooks universities

Universities warn with international students shut out from the country for another year, research programs are at risk and will be very hard to rebuild.

  • by Lisa Visentin

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Five-minute budget

A five-minute rundown of the federal budget

A summary of what you should know about this year’s federal budget.

  • by James Massola
Foreign Minister Marise Payne will decide on a “case-by-case” basis whether controversial Confucius Institutes at 13 Australian universities will be allowed to continue their operations.
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Universities shouldn’t wait for Marise Payne’s axe to fall on China-funded institutes

It would be a bad step for the government to cancel Confucius Institutes. The universities should do it themselves.

  • by Salvatore Babones
China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping and then RMIT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner officially open RMIT’s Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute in 2010.
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China-backed Confucius Institutes face closure under veto laws

The University of Sydney is among at least four universities to have registered their Confucius Institute contracts under the Commonwealth’s new foreign veto scheme.

  • by Lisa Visentin
History has been at the heart of all reviews of the Australian curriculum.

Curriculum adviser defends ‘turning up the amplifier’ on Indigenous history

The question of how to teach Australia’s history has stood at the heart of the national curriculum since it was launched. The latest review has flagged failures in its coverage of Indigenous people’s experience.

  • by Adam Carey
Evan Hughes thrived at Cranbrook, which nurtured his unconventional streak.
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Cranbrook nurtured my non-conformist spirit, but all-boys schooling delayed some hard lessons

Had I had more exposure to women during my adolescence I might have developed far more respect for them at an earlier age.

  • by Evan Hughes
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Sia Goutzas with her daughters who all went to single-sex schools (from left) Tiana, 18, Elizabeth, 16, and Giorgia, 20.

Which is better: single-sex or co-ed schools?

With many single-sex schools looking to move into the co-educational field we look at the pros and cons.

  • by Jordan Baker
Vincent Long Van Nguyen, pictured at Mary McKillop Chapel in North Sydney, has been the Bishop of Parramatta since 2018.
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‘Parents are the primary educators’: Catholics backflip on Latham’s anti-trans bill

The Parramatta diocese of the Catholic church has yielded to a backlash from parents and priests over its opposition to a bill that would ban the discussion of gender diversity in schools.

  • by Michael Koziol
NSW students lag the world in learning second languages

NSW students lag Australia and world in learning second language: teachers

Public primary schools are only given funding for a language teacher if there are a significant number of speakers of a particular language in their local community.

  • by Jordan Baker
The University of Sydney acting vice-chancellor Stephen Garton said the institution had effectively broken even in 2020 as defied initial gloomy expectations to report a small loss of $2.2 million.
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Sydney unis consider more cuts, including religion and theatre

Sydney University and the University of Technology are looking to cut subjects and departments with low enrolments amid a challenging financial climate.

  • by Jordan Baker
Women’s safety advocates pointed to a video still on the website, featuring the same couple from the milkshake video, in which the woman pressures the man to watch a horror movie about clowns murdering children despite him being visibly uncomfortable.

Advocates fear relationships website still promotes harmful messages to young people

Women’s groups pointed to a video still on the government website, in which the woman pressures the man to watch a movie about clowns murdering children.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Most in-demand schools continue to grow despite enrolment caps

Schools could hold the key to shaping attitudes towards gender

Pilot program finds year 1 and 2 students are less likely to display stereotypical attitudes towards gender if schools teach gender relations and examine their own policies, including how they treat women on staff.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Gas cooking at home has the same impact on children with asthma as passive smoking

Gas cookers in homes have same impact on children as passive smoking: report

A Climate Council report says unflued gas heaters should be removed from schools and warns that for kids with asthma, gas cooking at home is akin to passive smoking.

  • by Jordan Baker
Facing abuse at work can have deep and long-lasting effects.
Opinion

We must protect our teachers, or there will be no one left to teach

The ‘red card’ system to deal with aggressive school parents is a good step, but it will need support to be successful.

  • by Malcolm Elliott
The national curriculum must embrace evidence-based practice.
Opinion

National curriculum must ditch politics for evidence

The achievements of Australian students have declined more consistently and steeply than in any other country, barring fad-friendly Finland. We must reverse this trend.

  • by Glenn Fahey
Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge.
Editorial

Curriculum proposals deserve support, not another iteration of the history wars

There is much ground to be made up in Australian schools in learning about the full gamut of our past. We must be better informed about all sides of our history.

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One year wait for childcare relief

The Morrison government $1.7 billion childcare package won’t start until July 2022.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Schools will be asked to meet HSC results targets
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HSC, NAPLAN targets for every school, but principals warn of perverse outcomes

Principals warn the benchmarks could lead to “peverse” outcomes such as students being pressured to do easier HSC subjects, or schools refusing to take difficult kids.

  • by Jordan Baker
The $225 million Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta opened last year.

‘Up and not out’: Sydney to get more vertical schools in highly populated areas

A shortage of affordable land in densely populated parts of Sydney is forcing education officials to consider building more vertical schools.

  • by Matt O'Sullivan and Megan Gorrey
Scarlett Kimber (L), Manuel Villasmil, Zoe Kasinathan and Joshua Bencsik wear new uniforms that are both gender-neutral and sustainable at Hunters Hill High School on 28 April, 2021. Photo: Brook Mitchell
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‘Kids can be comfortable without judgement’: The schools adopting gender-neutral uniforms

Following the trend set by schools across Sydney, Hunters Hill is embracing a fully gender-neutral dress code.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Alan Tudge

Tudge ‘concerned’ about colonisation emphasis in proposed curriculum changes

The federal Education Minister says the emphasis on teaching First Nations culture and perspectives should not come at the expense of Australia’s Western heritage.

  • by Lisa Visentin and Jordan Baker
Please Explain podcast.
Analysis

School studies review focuses on Australia’s own ancient history

Today on Please Explain, the Herald’s Education Editor Jordan Baker joins Tory Maguire to look at the reaction to recommended changes to the school curriculum.

  • by Tory Maguire
Chanel Contos has been campaigning for better sex and consent education in school curriculums.,

‘Still a way to go’ on consent and power content in new Australian curriculum

Education experts say the introduction of specific consent and power content in the curriculum is a positive development but could go even further.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos and Lisa Visentin
Dujuan Hoosan welcomes the changes to the curriculum. He is pictured with his mother Megan.

More First Nations, less Christian heritage in curriculum changes

Proposed changes to the national curriculum will also take references to Australia’s ‘Christian heritage’ out of civics in favour of ‘secular’ and ‘multi-faith’.

  • by Jordan Baker, Natassia Chrysanthos and Lisa Visentin
David de Carvalho says English, maths and science will have primacy of place in the revamped curriculum.

Students to be taught about ‘invasion’ experience of First Nations Australians in proposed curriculum changes

School students will be taught for the first time that First Nations Australians experienced European colonisation as an invasion under proposed changes to the national curriculum.

  • by Jordan Baker
St Paul’s College is considering enrolling undergraduate women
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St Paul’s, once known for its sexist culture, considers enrolling women

St Paul’s, one of just three all-male undergraduate university colleges, is considering enrolling women

  • by Jordan Baker
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Alan Jones has written about the issue of sexual assault and consent.
Opinion

Let’s talk about sex: conversation about consent is good for boys too

I cannot tell you how badly I wished there was greater education around sex and consent in my high school years.

  • by Marnie Vinall
Dean and Kylie Banks have adopted a rigid approach allowing their son Archie, 9, half an hour of screen time a day.
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Fears for school students left to their own devices

Nine out of 10 parents admit they too are distracted by their own devices, making it difficult for them to be role models for their kids.

  • by Jordan Baker and Josh Dye
International students now account for a quarter of university revenues.

Fears hard hit Australian universities will ‘cannibalise’ demand for international students

Australian universities have been the hardest hit, compared to those in Canada, the US and UK, according to an international report which says the sector may resort to cannibalisation by lowering standards and poaching students from each other.

  • by Anna Patty
Education Minister Alan Tudge says increased funding is not the key to better school results.

Minister says quality teaching, not more school funding key to better results

Australia should look to the UK to reverse two decades of decline in reading, maths and science, says federal minister Alan Tudge.

  • by Adam Carey
Universities risk facing pressure to lower standards and make it easier to pass courses following a new federal government strategy that focuses on international student satisfaction.

Plan to revive international education focuses on student satisfaction

The federal government has proposed the introduction of student satisfaction as an indicator for measuring the success of its international education strategy.

  • by Anna Patty
Was my study at Oxford morally okay because I was Australian and I was doing it in an ironic way?

‘All eyes were on me: what would the fool ocker girl say?’

Undertaking graduate studies at Oxford University, a scholar reflects on why she played up to the Aussie abroad stereotype.

  • by Madeleine Gray
James Ruse Agricultural High School has topped the state every year since 1995.

Selective schools try to harness power of old school tie

Students at wealthy private schools benefit from strong alumni networks, and now selective schools are trying to enlist the support of their old boys and girls.

  • by Jordan Baker
ANU

‘Hardest 12 months’ ever: ANU reports $162m deficit

ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said the result was better than initially anticipated due, in part, to strong international student enrolments.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Backing his old school: Caledonia’s Will Vicars.
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Cranbrook’s begging bowl rattled by Caledonia investment chief

It takes a lot of donations to get a $125 million private school building program off the ground, but old boy Will Vicars is swinging his bat into action.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Barker College will be fully co-ed next year

‘An unstoppable wave’: The Sydney boys’ schools becoming co-ed

If Cranbrook decides to proceed with a plan to become co-educational, it will talk to these principals about how to do it.

  • by Jordan Baker
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For months universities have been urging governments to establish a secure corridor scheme for overseas students to return to Australia.

University of Sydney reports $2.2m loss in ‘remarkable’ rebound

The result, fuelled by strong international student enrolments, is far better than the $470 million shortfall the university had predicted at the height of the pandemic.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Cranbrook is considering becoming co-ed
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Atlassian billionaire backing plan for top boys’ school to become co-ed

Girls could begin attending the 100-year-old Bellevue Hill private school from next year under a proposal being considered by Cranbrook’s school council.

  • by Jordan Baker
Mental health experts want a new national benchmark of one school-based psychologist for every 500 students.
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Minimum ratio of school psychologists needed as mental illness soars

About one in seven school-aged children experience a mental health disorder each year, and the pandemic disruption is taking a further toll.

  • by Rob Harris
China has warned its students about potential discrimination if they travel to Australia.

‘There’ll be a shakeup’: International student intakes plunge compared to pre-pandemic levels

Some universities in NSW and Victoria saw declines of more than 30 per cent in their pipeline of new overseas student intakes for semester one, while the University of Queensland grew its overseas intake.

  • by Lisa Visentin
NSW Police Minister David Elliott.

Police Minister calls for teacher to be sacked over BLM posters

NSW Police Minister David Elliott wants the principal of a school on Sydney’s upper north shore to explain student posters featuring slogans such as “Stop Killer Cops”.

  • by Sarah McPhee and Natassia Chrysanthos
COmposite - Posters displayed at Lindfield Learning Village school on Sydney’s upper north shore. Photo supplied.NSW Minister for Police David Elliott speaks during a media briefing ahead of the launch of an operation to enforce the closure of the NSW/Victorian border tonight.The high-visibility policing operation will be launched, Sydney ,Tuesday 7 July 2020). Photo: Jessica Hromas Mark Latham October 20, 2020

How pictures of BLM posters on a classroom ceiling ignited a media storm

The posters appeared on the same day One Nation MP Mark Latham, who admitted to supplying the story to the Daily Telegraph, was chairing a parliamentary inquiry into his own parental rights bill.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos and Jordan Baker
The federal government’s new educational videos on consent have been widely criticised.
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Parent and school principal groups not consulted over new consent videos

Australian parent and principal associations say they played no part in developing the federal government’s new sex and consent resources, despite assurances that community stakeholders were consulted over the $3.8 million project.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos and Lisa Visentin
Students at Chatswood High School participate in a workout during class time.
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Brief, intense exercise helps students cope with HSC and life stress

A three-year trial has found intense bursts of exercise during class can help year 11 students with stress, concentration and mental health.

  • by Jordan Baker
Screenshot from the consent education video on the new The Good Society website.

Two consent videos removed from government website after backlash

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell joined a chorus of sex education experts and women’s rights organisations, who have criticised a federal government website for being patronising to young people.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
The federal government’s new educational videos on consent have been widely criticised.
Opinion

Milkshake video the final straw in consent discontent

Young people want, and are entitled to, accurate information about sex, sexuality, their bodies and relationships.

  • by Katrina Marson
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NSW will need 20 per cent more teachers by 2031, a Teachers Federation analysis has found
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NSW public schools need 20 per cent more teachers by 2031: report

If the present student-teacher ratio is maintained and enrolment meets predictions, forecasting estimates the workforce will need to grow from 54,500 to 65,500 full-time equivalent teachers.

  • by Jordan Baker
Mark Latham is the chair of NSW parliament’s education committee
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Report savages curriculum review, calls for mandatory textbooks

The parliamentary education committee says textbooks should be mandatory in classrooms and postmodernism should be cut from the NSW syllabuses

  • by Jordan Baker
Every child should be able to realise their full potential wherever that may be.
Opinion

Smartness is not the only key to happiness - just ask our children

For all the improvements humans have made, it seems kids have a tougher time today than in days gone by.

  • by Amanda Vanstone
Dr Gary Marks of the University of Melbourne says schools play only a small role in students’ achievement.
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NAPLAN’s back, as study finds students’ scores don’t improve much

Australia’s controversial literacy and numeracy test is back this term, with some changes, after a pause during COVID.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan