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Talking to your child during first four years significantly increases their achievement levels in high school

Thursday, August 11, 2016
At the recent Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) Early Childhood conference, a visiting professor from Oxford University shared some of his research from Britain that followed children from birth to 16 years of age. It overwhelming showed that children who hear lots of oral language from people around them and have books read to them each day do much better at primary and secondary school. He said that poor literacy at school level had its roots in the early childhood year ..read more

Insightful-Maggie Dent's Boys Boys Boys

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Given the current deep community outpourings of concern for the senseless violence present on Australian streets at night, the disturbing numbers of little boys being suspended and expelled from our schools, and the decreasing numbers of young men attending and graduating university, something is going wrong in the world of our boys. I lay blame on society, which seems to have stolen boyhood in the name of a sanitised, politically correct, gender neutral, bland childhood. One of the world&rs ..read more