Best of the Web

Helping Indigenous students overcome culture shock, watching your child become an adult, supporting children who stutter, and the myths about millennials – our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

Tiwi Island student’s journey to Brighton Grammar proves an education

(Carolyn Webb, The Age)

This article tells the great story of Jordan Bourke, a 13-year-old from Melville Island north of Darwin who began this week in year 8 at Brighton Grammar. The journey of 3900 kilometres from his home was made that much easier because of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), which helps Indigenous students from remote and regional communities overcome culture shock and isolation. Jordan was among the 17 year 7 students who were in the inaugural intake of MITS last year. They started at eight Independent schools this week.

The Hair Apparent

(Katharine Murphy, Meanjin)

Katharine Murphy is one of Australia’s leading political journalist. She is also a parent and a beautiful writer. In this essay, Murphy gently reflects on the stage of parenthood where her daughter has left school and is embarking on her own life. She considers what was – ‘that school-soiled hand you are holding won’t consent to be held forever’ and what is now –  ‘you are just there, all of a sudden, washed up in the tide.’  

Teased and bullied – the challenges of starting school with a stutter

(Mark Onslow, The Conversation)

Children who stutter face unique challenges at school, writes Professor Onslow, from the Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the University of Sydney. They may be teased or bullied, or fly under the radar – teachers may not even be aware they have a child who stutters. Professor Onslow provides excellent advice on how to help a school child with stuttering.

Everything you thought you knew about millennials is wrong

(Stéphanie Thomson, World Economic Forum)

Millennials – anyone born between 1982 and 2004 – suffer from an image problem. Bratty, entitled and lazy are just some of the adjectives you might come across, begins this article from the World Economic Forum. Challenging these ‘ludicrous’ generalisations, author Stephanie Thomson goes to the research and finds a different story. Millennials aren’t lazy, they are workaholics, and they are a generation of optimists. The article was part of the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.