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Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?

<a href="/articles/is-an-emotional-intelligence-curriculum-the-key-to-bullying-prevention">Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?</a>

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focussing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are. Read full article

Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2013/12/17/creating-an-inclusive-education-system-in-australia">Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia</a>

"I was shocked when the local preschool teacher asked me when my son was coming to preschool… I had no idea he was even permitted to attend the local preschool." Those are not the words of a mother during Apartheid in South Africa or someone labelled 'untouchable' living under a caste system. They are the words of an Australian mother whose son has been labelled 'disabled'. This mother is participating in some of my current research. Read full article

Michelle's Top Internet Finds

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/12/04/michelles-top-internet-finds">Michelle&#039;s Top Internet Finds</a>

Here is this week's best-of-the-best child and parenting articles found on the internet, selected by happychild contributor, Michelle Higgins. This week, topics include motherhood, education, literacy, and talking to children about sex education. Read full article

I AM MALALA

<a href="/parenting-resources/inspiration/i-am-malala">I AM MALALA</a>

Book: I Am Malala by Christina Lamb In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing an anonymous blog for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in Pakistani and international media, campaigning for education for all. On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot at point-blank range by a member of the Taliban on the way home from school. Remarkably, she survived. This is her continuing story as she campaign for every girl's right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school. Read full article

He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

<a href="/blogs/2013/10/10/he-stands-up-for-girls%E2%80%99-education-he%E2%80%99s-been-to-the-un-he%E2%80%99s-13">He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.</a>

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full article

Mindfulness Training for Teachers - The Benefits

<a href="/articles/mindfulness-training-for-teachers-the-benefits">Mindfulness Training for Teachers - The Benefits</a>

With teacher wellbeing a hot topic in the education sector, a small study out of the U.S. suggests there is a prevention for teacher stress and burnout: mindfulness training. The study reported that teachers who participated in a mindfulness training course had reduced symptoms of psychological distress and burnout, were better organised in the classroom and had more self-compassion. Read full article

Free Talk in Sydney - 'What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?'

<a href="/blogs/admin/2013/05/01/free-talk-in-sydney-what-is-good-education-for-girls-and-boys">Free Talk in Sydney - &#039;What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?&#039;</a>

Santa Sabina College Principal and Gender Education Expert, Dr Maree Herrett invites you to a free talk about gender relations in education. Read full article

NAPLAN is not Running According to PLAN

<a href="/articles/naplan-is-not-running-according-to-plan">NAPLAN is not Running According to PLAN</a>

Opinion: “I’ve had enough of the NAP and enough of the PLAN.” So spoke a seven year old I met last week whose year three class is busy getting ready for NAPLAN – the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy test – which will be taken by the vast majority of years three, five, seven and nine students in Australian schools next month. NAPLAN is supposed to tell us how we're tracking on the three Rs, but a study commissioned last year by the public policy research Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney shows that the test is having unintended outcomes. Read full article

Bernard Gaynor Wouldn't Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He's Not Afraid to Say It

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/01/24/bernard-gaynor-wouldnt-let-a-gay-person-teach-his-kids-and-hes-not-a">Bernard Gaynor Wouldn&#039;t Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He&#039;s Not Afraid to Say It</a>

And he is right about the fear factor- there is nothing much to be afraid of – it’s generally safe and in most cases legal to express your views in Australia, no matter how offensive they are to other people...However, I would be afraid and ashamed to live in a country where most people were not offended by Ms Corbett’s equating the protection and granting of rights to gay and lesbian people with granting rights to paedophiles. Read full article

Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/12/11/bringing-literacy-to-thousands-more-children-this-christmas">Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas</a>

Today was Presentation Day at my children's primary school. It's the end-of-year assembly, that involves the whole school community, and awards excellence in all aspects of school life. Amidst the joy, I felt some sadness. Read full article