Linda Stade

Education Writer

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Schools

The Death of Male Teachers

Most people remember at least some of their teachers from primary school. I remember every single one. They had a huge effect on me. They’re probably the reason I became a teacher. My favourite was Mr Romeo. He taught me… Continue Reading →

The 20% of Kids Who Just Aren’t Learning

When we think about disengaged students, our minds usually run to the class clown or the violent bully. We imagine back stories that are full of abuse and neglect. However, research shows that the reality is quite different. At any… Continue Reading →

Why a Mobile Phone Ban is a Gift to Students

The fact that parents believe mobile phones are essential to keeping kids safe is testament to the power of marketing. If phone companies really were worried about the wellbeing of children, they would be heavily marketing cheap ‘dumb’ phones…phones that… Continue Reading →

Enough With Finland

Most people know very little about Finland. They might be able to name the capital, they know it’s very cold and they know that they have an excellent education system. In recent times much has been written about this system,… Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean To Be Educated?

Choosing schools can be difficult for parents. As with most aspects of parenting, there is a growing obsession with getting it ‘right’. Choosing the right education is often perceived as the key to a successful life. Yet there is very… Continue Reading →

What Makes a Successful School?

You can tell a school that is doing well. It self promotes. Staff brag and share results, parents congratulate themselves on their good choice and kids say, “Our school is the best”. The powerful thing about all this positive talk… Continue Reading →

How Does it Really Feel to be a High School Student?

For roughly seven hours each day your child disappears into the world of school. When they come home and you ask how their day was, if you’re lucky, you get a brief outline of highlights and lowlights. You hear about… Continue Reading →

Male teachers are an endangered species in Australia: new research

Kevin F. McGrath, Macquarie University and Penny Van Bergen, Macquarie University Male teachers may face extinction in Australian primary schools by the year 2067 unless urgent policy action is taken. In government schools, the year is 2054. This finding comes… Continue Reading →

Discipline…Not Black or White

Discipline is probably the worst part of the job for any principal, deputy or teacher. We set boundaries to protect kids and to help them succeed. We also want to guide them towards being citizens we are all happy sharing… Continue Reading →

Far From Home: Boarding School and Homesickness

This weekend I’m attending the thirty-year reunion of my boarding school year group. With that group of women, I stumbled through five years of adolescence. We went to school together, ate together, studied together, sang along to INXS and Wham… Continue Reading →

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