Not Building, Not Respectful

The Building Respectful Relationships material being trialed in Australian schools seems to be designed to do exactly the opposite. “Students as young as 12 will study sexualised personal ads and write their own advertisements seeking the “perfect partner’’ as part of a new school curriculum supposed to combat family violence. Teachers are told: “If using …

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University of Missouri Drops $32 Million

I guess that’s what happens when you treat half your students like delicate little wallflowers, and the other half like criminals. Mizzou will be closing the Respect and Excellence halls (ironic names, given the circumstances) in order to utilize dorm space “in the most efficient manner” to keep costs down. In March, the university announced …

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Bias Incident Alert

University students in Massachusetts who were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop were offered counseling services at Framingham State University. The offer came after the university’s “chief diversity and inclusion officer,” Sean Huddleston, described the display of the small Confederate flag sticker as a “bias incident.” Observing that …

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Candy

Why would anyone have a problem with taking candy from babies? The little blighters shouldn’t have candy in the first place.

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The Anti-education Union

It is sometimes hard to believe that the AEU, the Australian Education Union, has any commitment to improving educational outcomes at all. There can be no doubt about their commitment to making life easier for teachers. The constant refrain is “more pay, smaller classes.” Australia has amongst the smallest average class sizes and best paid …

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What Is Love?

A (slightly edited) letter by Carrie Geshus in the May 1st issue of reason magazine: Extreme paternalism, over-protectiveness, giving in to a loved one’s every desire are simply shortcuts and not expressions of real love. It is much easier to give little Johnny a trophy after he loses a baseball tournament than it is to …

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Failure is Essential

One of a few interesting posts over the last week from Dr Tim Ball: Support and even reward of failure by the current US administration is the culmination of a pattern begun several years ago under the guise of progress. It generally began in the school system when students were not allowed to fail, and worse, …

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Quadrant Magazine

I have a 700 word piece about the proposed National Curriculum on Quadrant Online. I agree with Kevin Donnelly of the Educational Standards Institute that the National Curriculum is a fluffy and disconnected mess. I suggest that this may in fact be a good thing, because it may encourage more parents and students to consider …

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What Happened at Dallas Primary School?

Dallas Primary School in Broadmeadow, Victoria, went from well below national standards in the 2008 NAPLAN test to well above in 2010. How? Former education department bureaucrat John Nelson said the Dallas results were ”gobsmacking”. Despite a large migrant population and low socio-economic status, year 3 students were reading, spelling and understanding grammar and punctuation at …

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Grasp Your Flotation Device Firmly!

This is one of those ‘only in Australia’ stories. A young couple grabbed two inflatable women they had lying around the house and took them for a ride down the flooded Yarra River in Victoria. The man and woman, both 19, were left clinging to a fallen gum tree in the middle of the river in North …

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Better Schools

One of my close friends is a teacher with many years of classroom and administrative experience. She came to KICE (Kangaroo Island Community Education) with a long history of developing positive relationships with parents, writing and implementing thoughtful and interesting programmes, and helping her students to achieve high academic standards. She is one of those rare …

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Anyone interested in education should read this article, ‘The Shadow Scholar,’ in the Chronicle of Higher Education. ‘Ed Dante’ makes a living writing essays for school and university students. A teenager asked me a couple of week ago whether school and university qualifications were of benefit in finding work in the IT industry. I said no. …

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