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Compulsory schooling treated as sick joke : Comments

By Phil Cullen, published 3/12/2010

Julia Gillard has followed some perverse US trends in education with MySchool and Naplan.

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There are teachers who donít like US education systems, but they seem to fully embrace US textbooks and US software.

Almost all textbooks in science and maths in senior high school years are US textbooks. Almost all textbooks in universities are US textbooks.

In NSW, the education system placed 30 programs onto the laptops going to students, and all programs came from the US, (with funding obtained from the Australian taxpayer).

In QLD, the teachers themselves wanted 20 programs placed onto the laptops going to the teachers, and all programs cam from the US, (with funding obtained from the Australian taxpayer).

It is interesting that many teachers now donít want US education policies.
Posted by vanna, Friday, 3 December 2010 9:07:00 AM
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I have 2 daughters recently graduated from the Qld school system; one of whom has chosen to go on to University.
Their lack of education is terrifying. I'm fairly certain in science, geography and maths I learnt more in primary school than they learnt in high school.
Posted by Grim, Saturday, 4 December 2010 7:00:48 AM
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Phil. An interesting piece infused with despair.

Quite right to feel that too.

Others can comment on the 'education' system outside of Qld, but here, I can assure everyone, we do not need the USA to make it any worse than it already is.

In reaction to students who can see through the nonsense that EQ schools have become, EQ is now ramping up suspensions and exclusions to bring about 'better schools'.

Yet another rearrangement in regional and district offices, where little if any useful work is done anyway, and still no decent school principals to be seen to be running 'good' schools.

The premier used to be an EQ minister, so shares more than the usual blame for this mess. The current minister is totally lost and has no grasp of what goes on in the schools he is responsible for.

The NAPLAN farce simply adds dead weight to an already moribund system so I am not sure too many people will notice it as their kids come home disillusioned already, with what passes as 'education'.

More effort and energy goes into assisting RI volunteers and 'chaplains' gain recruits for Jesus than goes into assisting classroom teachers to do the job we all pay them to do.

Gillard has no successes, apart from stealing the job from an incompetent, and why anyone, particularly those who pretend to be 'journalists', allows her to get away with claiming she has brought about an 'education revolution' is beyond me.

Australia has had only one education revolution; when schools were taken away from churches and the nation led the world in creating secular public schools.

It's been downhill, in reverse, ever since with no sign of any intelligence in either the political or policy spheres anywhere on the horizon.

Shame you are not in Mary Street Phil.
Posted by The Blue Cross, Monday, 6 December 2010 1:36:29 PM
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What gets me is how can you send kids to university if they are not properly educated at secondary level.
Arn't the university's just as bad for taking these kids.
Posted by 579, Monday, 6 December 2010 2:33:09 PM
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Yes The Blue Cross, you read despair and a large measure of hopelessness.
If I had a New Year wish that might come true, it would be that all politicians and media commentators would seriously think about their encouragement of KLEINISM - the belief that children learn best when they are threatened and frightened; and EICHMANNISM - the belief of teachers and principals that they must do what superiors want them to do, no matter how evil it is.
Filip
Posted by Filip, Monday, 6 December 2010 2:58:43 PM
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