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Liberty Victoria welcomes removal of religious instruction from classrooms

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Liberty Victoria has welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to remove Special Religious Instruction (‘SRI’) from scheduled class time at government schools. The government has announced instead that SRI will only be available before or after school or at lunchtime. The government’s move comes just weeks after Liberty Victoria released a detailed report on the SRI programme, available at, on ... Read More »

Some German universities will educate refugees for free

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Migrant crisis: full coverage From Syria to Turkey: a migrant’s story While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the world, about 60 German universities are employing a radical strategy. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rick Noack They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging tuition fees. In ... Read More »

Religious groups warn students will leave state schools after SRI is dumped

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Axing religious instruction from the Victorian curriculum could drive students away from state schools and into the non-government system, religious providers have warned. The Age – Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks The state government’s announcement on Friday that special religious instruction would be moved out of regular class times from 2016 was warmly welcomed by the Australian Education Union and many ... Read More »

Report says children as young as seven sexually abused, exploited in state care

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No steps taken to protect Turana boys from abuse, Commission hears ​Child sexual abuse is rife in Victoria’s residential care units with more than 120 reports of sexual assaults in the past 10 weeks. Benjamin Preiss, State Political Reporter for The Age Commissioner for Children and Young People Bernie Geary said the reports pointed to a flawed system that was supposed ... Read More »

Former state ward alleges staff took turns raping him

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A victim of alleged child sexual abuse at a now-closed centre for state wards has spoken out about how staff “tag-teamed” in raping him, despite his pleas for them to stop. The Age – Alana Schetzer Norman Latham, 69, appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, where a friend read out his statement of ... Read More »

Social media advertising leads to gambling in young people: report

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Online betting companies are reaching out directly into the feeds of adolescents on social media, prompting fears it is encouraging children and teenagers to gamble, research has shown. Brisbane Times – Alana Schetzer and Benjamin Preiss A Southern Cross University study reported there were few regulations restricting gambling companies from advertising on social media, meaning they reach many more people ... Read More »

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

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Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool. Written by RUKMINI CALLIMACHI; Photographs by MAURICIO LIMAAUG. 13, 2015 QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was ... Read More »

When Success Leads to Failure

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The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning TheAtlantic Jessica Lahey I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time together. She’s a conscientious mother ... Read More »

Why you shouldn’t tell children they can be whatever they want

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Instead of telling children they are special and can be superstars, we should emphasise self-control and hard work The Guardian – Tim Lott I return here to one of my favourite themes – the gap between reality and expectation for children. This is prompted by an excellent article in the online magazine, Aeon, headlined You Can Do It Baby – ... Read More »