Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

$250 million school chaplains program is not about helping struggling kids. If it were about helping kids, they wouldn’t have banned secular social workers from participating. Chaplains are not necessarily trained and qualified to help vulnerable, struggling kids, and are especially unprepared for helping with kids from minority cultures who are the most likely to be in need of help.

The policy is little more than the Liberal Party scratching the backs of their friends in the church, who see this as a prime opportunity to indoctrinate and recruit some ‘young blood’ to their aging institutions.

Why exactly the Liberal Party believe it is a good idea to give preachers special access to our school kids, I’m unsure. Even the Liberal Party’s own ‘Commission of Audit’ disagreed with the notion.

Personally I think it absurd to put ‘Chaplains’ in public schools, and here’s 5 reasons why: Continue reading Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

Episode 8: Education Cuts in Western Australia

Episode 8 of the (un) Common Sense Podcast is now available! This week’s episode focuses entirely on the Barnett Government’s cuts to education in Western Australia. Luke speaks with local Society and Environment Teacher Mark, about the implications of these cuts. Topics discussed include:

  • The role of an Education Assistant in the classroom environment
  • The importance of Education Assistants to special needs students
  • Likely impact of losing 500 Full-Time Equivalent Education Assistant jobs
  • Peter Collier & Colin Barnett back-flipping on pre-election promise there would be ‘no job losses’ in public sector.
  • Risk of super-sizing schools
  • Importance of culture and community within a school
  • Likelihood of further cuts to Education under a Liberal Government
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I (tentatively) Support Teaching Economics in Australian Schools

Today I read an article by Timothy McDonald about debate around proposals to teach basic economics to primary school students in years five and six.

I was intrigued by the article, as I have been self-educating in the field of Economics and am left wondering how I, a clever student, finished my schooling with out ever having to obtain any serious knowledge of economics.

It is a wonderful idea to teach Australian primary school students the basics of economics. I fully support that. But the question is who will decide what we teach them? Continue reading I (tentatively) Support Teaching Economics in Australian Schools

Blogging and it’s impact on society

Blogs have impacted people’s lives in many different ways for many different reasons. Although some people may never have heard of a blog and indeed not knowingly have been affected by them; others have had their lives completely changed or even taken away as a result of participating in the “blogosphere”.

The blogosphere is what bloggers (blog authors) call their ever expanding cyber-community. Under this broad umbrella term there are hundreds, possibly thousands of smaller communities or “blogosphere’s”. Communities generally spawn around special-interest or topical blogs, and members are often highly affected by their blogs. Many of the best examples of blogs impacting on society come from the “Iraqi Blogosphere”, a collection of Iraqi and non-Iraqi blogs based around the war in Iraq and its far-reaching effects.

There are now millions of blogs out there. Continue reading Blogging and it’s impact on society