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TEACHING PROFESSION
Teachers make a positive difference
Tas Govt media release, 29 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, today praised Tasmanian teachers for their positive contribution to the future of our young people...

MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
UK academic takes aim at My School website
Brisbane Times, 28 October 2010
A visiting academic has taken a swipe at the federal government's controversial My School website, saying a school could not be judged on test results, but rather its ability to improve attending students...

PERFORMANCE TESTING
Plea for return to education core values
ABC Online, 28 October 2010
The wife of the Tasmanian Governor has told a forum at the University of Tasmania there is an obsession with performance testing in Australian schools...

ONLINE SAFETY
Teens in trouble for sexting like the stars
SMH, 28 October 2010
Nude photo scandals have become the lifeblood of Hollywood, with celebrities of all ages falling into the 'sexting' trap, but a growing number of Australian teens are breaking the law and risking social rejection by emulating them...
- Includes government ad campaign video produced by thinkuknow.org.au

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Mt Faulkner Primary celebrates 10 years
Tas Govt media release, 27 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has paid tribute to the Mt Faulkner Primary School community for its contribution to education...

TASMANIA TOMORROW REFORMS
School's out for 5000 a day
The Mercury, 26 October 2010
MORE than 5000 children are absent from class every day...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Curriculum includes controversial views on memorials
HeraldSun, 26 October 2010
THE history of Gallipoli and the sacrifices of Australian soldiers have become mired in a row over the new national curriculum...

SCHOOL TERMS
Inquiry into school terms
The Mercury, 26 October 2010
SENIOR Tasmanian educator Jenny Cranston will head an advisory group looking into whether four school terms should be introduced...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Disabled school project fiasco
The Mercury, 25 October 2010
THE relocation of a southern Tasmanian special education school is millions of dollars over budget and is now almost two years behind schedule...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Sharpening young minds by narrowing them?
SMH/National Times, 25 October 2010
The overcrowded national curriculum has left nothing out to keep the politicians happy...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Try harder: teachers do the maths on curriculum
SMH, 25 October 2010
NSW maths teachers have called for the proposed national curriculum for the senior years to be redesigned, arguing it does not serve students as well as the subjects offered under the HSC..

EDUCATION FUNDING
Garrett stands by school funding
SMH, 24 October 2010
The federal government has lauded its record on schools education funding despite a national survey finding public schools are overcrowded and underfunded...

EDUCATION FUNDING
School budget blues
Sunday Tasmanian, 24 October 2010
TASMANIA'S public schools are being forced to raise funds for basics such as classroom equipment and textbooks, a new survey has shown...

TAFE
Career change in sight for TAFE
SMH, 22 October 2010
FUNDAMENTAL changes to vocational education, including a user-pays funding model, a transformed apprenticeship system and the partial merger of TAFEs and universities, have been put forward by the federal government's skills adviser to revitalise the stagnating system...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Taroona High selected as innovative global role model
Tas Govt media release, 20 October 2010
Taroona High School has been selected as one of five Australian schools to be recognised for the innovative way they use technology in the classroom...

DoE ANNUAL REPORT
Investment in early years starting to reap rewards
Tas Govt media release, 20 October 2010
The Department of Educationís 2009-10 annual report was tabled in Parliament this morning...
See Annual report download page

EDUCATION AWARDS
Tasmanian finalists in national philanthropy awards
Tas Govt media release, 19 October 2010
A Tasmanian school and a local teacher have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to communities from around the world...

TASMANIAN ONLINE LEARNING
Tasmanian eSchool to provide more learning opportunities
Tas Govt media release, 19 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, today announced the formation of an innovative new school to provide more flexible learning opportunities for all Tasmanian students...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Content drowns new curriculum

The Australian, 18 October 2010
THE national curriculum sounded like a good idea at the time...

SCHOOL TERMS
Too much four-term talk

Sunday Tasmanian, 17 October 2010
THE Education Department has denied it censored teachers' emails after deleting tens of thousands of messages about the proposal for a four-term school year...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Calls for national curriculum delay

The Age, 16 October 2010
THE introduction of the national curriculum should be delayed, with scientists, teachers and principals claiming it was unrealistic to fix all the draft's problems by year's end...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Modern lesson for history curriculum

SMH, 16 October 2010
THE Australian curriculum authority has been forced to overhaul its national history curriculum to strengthen the amount of contemporary Australian and Asian history taught, particularly in year 10...

PERSONALISED LEARNING
Students still at the centre as personalised learning options get boost

Tas Govt media release, 15 October 2010
The State Government is investing $5.4 million over four years to provide more flexible, personalised learning options for students, Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp said today...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Overhaul for national curriculum after criticism

The Age, 15 October 2010
THE proposed national school curriculum will be overhauled after complaints that it made maths and science too difficult and under-emphasised recent Australian history...

COMPUTERS AND LEARNING
Computers help slum kids teach themselves

ABC Radio Australia, 14 October 2010
Professor Sugata Mitra's computer education project Hole In The Wall was the inspiration for Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A, which then became the Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire...

CHILDREN'S COMMISSIONER
Child advocate booted

The Mercury, 15 October 2010
TASMANIA'S outspoken Commissioner for Children, Paul Mason, has been dumped from his job protecting Tasmania's most vulnerable children...

POST YEAR 10 CHANGES
Negotiated model delivered in time for 2011

The Greens media release, 14 October 2010
The Tasmanian Greens say the post year 10 legislation will put the Stateís secondary education sector back on track...

POST YEAR 10 CHANGES
PY10 legislation passes through the Upper House

Tas Govt media release, 14 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has welcomed the passing of legislation for the post year 10 reforms through the Upper House...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Big picture schools the way of the future

Tas Govt media release, 14 October 2010
The personalised approach to learning offered by Big Picture Schools provides young people with excellent preparation for learning and life in the 21st Century, the Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, said today...

SCHOOL TERMS
Four term year panel chair announced

Tas Govt media release, 13 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, has announced highly respected educator Jenny Cranston will chair the advisory group investigating whether to institute a four term school year in Tasmania...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Big Picture school for flexible learning

Tas Govt media release, 12 October 2010
The Premier, David Bartlett, today officially opened Australiaís first purpose-built Big Picture School.
The school is part of Montrose Bay High, but located in the grounds of Goodwood Primary and Timsbury School
...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
History course 'cobbled together'

The Australian, 9 October 2010
HISTORY teachers warned yesterday that the national curriculum was being "cobbled together" through a flawed process of "ad hoc" decisions...
- See curriculum documents

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Debate rages over arts curriculum

The Age, 8 October 2010
THE national curriculum will devote as much time to media arts - which involves creating videos and online games - as it does to traditional arts subjects such as music and visual arts...
- See the Draft Arts Shape document [pdf file] (Bibliography)

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Garrett flags national curriculum changes

The Age, 7 October 2010
SCHOOL Education Minister Peter Garrett says it is inevitable that last-minute refinements will be made to the national curriculum following a barrage of complaints from principals, teacher associations and science deans...
- See also update from the ACARA Chair

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Deans reject school science curriculum 'driven by expediency'

The Australian, 5 October 2010
The national school science curriculum is fundamentally flawed, according to the deans of science in the nation's universities...
- See curriculum documents

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Construction of child and family centres under way

Tas Govt media release, 7 October 2010
Child and Family Centres at Beaconsfield, Ravenswood, East Devonport and Queenstown are underway, the Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, said today...

SCHOOL TERMS
School terms up for debate

The Mercury, 7 October 2010
INTRODUCING a four-term school year would result in Tasmanian families paying more for their interstate holidays but it could stop kids becoming bored during the long summer break, a State Government briefing document has revealed...

SCHOOL TERMS
Four term school year consultation begins

Tas Govt media release, 6 October 2010
The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, today announced a consultation process to explore the merits of a four term school year in Tasmania...

YOUTH DETENTION

Discussion on future of Ashley overdue

Jacquie Petrusma, Liberals media release, 5 October 2010
The book "Life inside Ashley Youth Detention Centre" should be mandatory reading for any politician who still believes youth detention is a deterrent to kids reoffending...

YOUTH DETENTION
Life inside Ashley

Tas Govt media release, 5 October 2010
The Minister for Children, Lin Thorp said the booklet View: Life Inside AYDC published by the Commissioner for Children provided a real opportunity for young people at Ashley to express and share their opinions about their experience...
- download the booklet [pdf, 5.4MB]

YOUTH DETENTION
Ashley Views booklet issued

Commissioner for Children, 5 October 2010
Tasmania's Commissioner for Children, Paul Mason, today presented to the current residents of Ashley Youth Detention Centre their own copy of their own book: "Views: Life Inside AYDC"
...
- download the booklet [pdf, 5.4MB]

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Four Tas. schools nationally recognised

Tas Govt media release, 4 October 2010
Geilston Bay High, Rokeby High, Rose Bay High and Clarence High have jointly received a $50,000 Schools First Local Impact Award for their outstanding partnership with Training Opportunities and Options for Learning Inc (TOOL) and other community organisations...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Criminal record no bar to teaching career in NSW

HeraldSun, 1 October 2010
In a stunning decision, the Human Rights Commission has found that a teaching applicant who had served eight months in jail, with offences over eight years that included possessing illegal drugs, break and enter and resisting arrest, was discriminated against because of his criminal history...

GOOGLE MAPS
Google Maps Street View reaches Antarctica

CBC News, 1 October 2010
Google has now made it to all seven continents, launching its online Street View service in Antarctica with a 360-degree ground-level view of an area called Half Moon Island showing penguins and the coast...
- See Google Maps penguins

 

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