For some, listening to the radio is a way to kill time while driving or catch up on the day’s news, but for older adults the desire to tune in might have deeper implications.
I was genuinely surprised by what it meant to become a father. My ‘arrival’ into this lofty status was etched on the reassuring words of other dads – statements like ‘You’ll be right mate’ or ‘It’s the best thing ever’. So when I found out this wasn’t strictly true – at least for me – you can appreciate my response!
The International Baccalaureate®, or the IB as it’s known, is a highly regarded ‘take anywhere’ educational certification recognised by employers and universities around the world.
It is renowned not just for its academic standards, but for a whole-of-person focus on becoming a responsible adult engaged in life and lifelong learning. Its Learner Profile identifies 10 qualities it wants students to have: inquirers, knowledgeable people, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective. With an emphasis on the ‘global’ good, the IB requires every child to learn a second language.
Clustered, home-like models of residential aged care lead to better quality of life for residents at a comparable cost. That’s one of the key findings of a Flinders University study that compared the approach with standard Australian care models.
Imagine not having the necessary skills to communicate and interact with your friends, family, co-workers, or the cashier at the supermarket. How would it impact on your ability to achieve your daily or weekly tasks?
Take a story, turn it into something larger than life, add a touch of magic, let it simmer for a few centuries, and presto! You have a fairy tale. With their high coefficients of weirdness, these stories — less about fairies than about monsters and wild things — haunt our collective cultural imagination. At their core, fairy tales are deceptively simple: transparent on the level of plot, but also sophisticated, complex, and full of mystery when it comes to their deeper meaning.
We want to encourage more creativity in schools and we want to grow the imaginative capacity of our kids, but how can we do that if our teachers don’t feel creative themselves?
Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety. But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge.