Posts in ‘Education’

Nussbaum challenges contemporary education policies

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Last week Martha Nussbaum – an Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago – delivered the 2011 Hal Wootten Lecture at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law. Nussbaum spoke about “a world-wide crisis in education” across all levels of the education system, spawned by an […]

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What about 1066 and all that?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

NSW school students apparently are not compelled to learn about the Holocaust. It says something that we are agonising over this fact. The Holocaust was a terrible chapter in human history, but in terms of essential information it isn’t top level for me, anymore than it appears to be for those who write curriculum in […]

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Grammar’s taught to grammarians

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Baden Eunson from Melbourne Uni decries the “fallacy” that children “learn grammar by osmosis”, and it needs to be taught. I agree with him to some extent, but after reading Nicholas Ostler’s “biography” of Latin Ad Infinitum, I’m not so sure that it’s such a big deal. The Romans, driven I suspect by their infatuation […]

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In Praise of Older Goods

Friday, January 18th, 2008

…or the African Freecycle Boogie. I guess it is rewarding to live long enough to see my youthful concerns become mainstream alarms. Or at least fashionable. And that is what is now happening with recycled goods. Second hand goods have appealed to me since my childhood. At about age 7, with my equally naughty friend […]

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US universities – best quality at lowest cost

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Generally the more in demand an item, the more expensive it is. So an Ivy League university ought to be pretty pricey. Not if you’re Yale. The press release pasted below implies that most Australian students could get into Yale for around $2,000 to $5,000 per year and pay the fees by doing 7 hours […]

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Minneapolis backs Bishop on merit pay

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Following my recent US theme I noted today that while the ALP and unions in Australia are opposing Julie Bishop’s merit pay proposals for teachers, unions and teachers in Minnesota, and a number of other US states, are enthusiastically embracing similar schemes. This NYT article quotes John Roper-Batker, unionist and teacher from Minneapolis, “I wanted […]

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Catholic school and teachers union flunk education test

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

A book in a Catholic school library which labels Robert Menzies a tyrant in the company of Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein ought to be withdrawn – see report of incident here. I’m no friend of George Brandis’s (although I have been), but my old school debating colleague is right on the money when he […]

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History will be unkind to those who do not write it

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”. But when and where did he say it? Without knowing that, do we really know he said it? This is a lesson Australian historians may not have learnt.

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Fraser defines a copy and paste system.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

I’ve been following the Andrew Fraser issue with some interest, and amusement. We published a defence of his right to publish today. Actually, more precisely it was a condemnation of Deakin for refusing to publish him because they received a legal threat. We would have published an edited extract as well, but received the original […]

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