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Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than worrying too much about which programs our children are watching, we should concentrate on trying to reduce the…
I’m in total sympathy with Dick Smith’s sentiments; I only wish there were grounds for saying we Australians would never tolerate such appalling treatment of…
On average, Australians watch more than three hours of television a day, compared with 12 minutes a day spent by the average couple talking to…
Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people.
The copycat effects of media violence, similar to those previously attributed to westerns, radio serials and comic books, are easy to exaggerate.
Indeed, in the present climate of mistrust of institutions, many people who yearn for a more meaningful and fulfilling life would regard the church as…
Recounting their histories, people often sound like interested bystanders to their own lives.
Although we love the idea of choice – our culture almost worships it – we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.
It seems inevitable that the magic of the written word will fade.
But the rule seems to be that the bigger and more life-changing the decision, the less it will seem like a decision at all.
Still, most of those effects occur in the context of harmless play and it is patently obvious that children are not normally turned into aggressive…
I wish we didn’t have to own up to a policy deliberately designed to inflict suffering on people who have already been traumatised in the…
Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV.
Perhaps it’s the people whose lives have taken sudden new twists – people who have learned to embrace the creative possibilities of change – who…
It’s Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it’s human to do them.
Obviously, every child should be given the best possible opportunity to acquire literacy skills.
Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs…
The underlying message of the Lancet article is that if you want to understand aggressive behaviour in children, look to the social and emotional environment…
No one welcomes chaos, but why crave stability and predictability?
Actually, I can’t imagine anything more tedious than a perfect person, especially if it was someone who also demanded perfection from me.
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