Category: Politics in Education

LOSS Of ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The Age It is a tragedy that once great universities are backing away from freedom of speech (Age, page1, 25/8). I remember as a student 50 years ago, students and staff alike were well aware of conflicting positions.  We took

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Promises, Promises

Background to this letter: Federal Labor MPs had just elected a new leader, Kevin Rudd. Within a few days, the headline of The Australian was RUDD PUTS TEACHERS ON NOTICE: Kevin Rudd will demand quality control from the nation’s schools

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Serious Control Freaks

It is a worry that the Victorian Education Ministry wants legislation enabling them to control home-schoolers however they see fit. They want new powers over the people – drafted by their own regulation rather than by parliamentary debate. Don’t be hypnotized

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Results Embarrassment

There is no educational reason for the Victorian Education Ministry and its unions to oppose forwarding literacy and numeracy results to the Federal Minister, and the other states have agreed to. The argument that disadvantaged schools will be ‘unfairly judged’

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Compulsory Politics

Many people are arguing that no student union means no services. But this is a swift argument. Nobody is going to object to charges for material services. Most people won’t even object to being charged for a set of services,

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Conning Electors

Labor’s announcement that it’s ‘… very clear we’ll be funding [schools] on the basis of need’ is misleading. In reality, they will provide 100% funding to anyone using a state-run school, regardless of family wealth. They will provide less for

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Government Takeover of Independent Schools

Dear Editor, The Victorian Department of Education & Training (DET) is attempting a takeover of non-government schools (NGSs). The Registered Schools Board (RSB) is the agency of DET created specially to deal with non-government schools. The RSB considers applications from

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Compulsory Pre-Schooling

The Australian Education (Teachers) Union is calling for compulsory pre-schooling, taking in all children aged 3 and 4, on the grounds of better literacy and social development. This is an appalling idea.  Schooling already consumes too much of childhood.  Life

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Student Business

I disagree with those who complain about Australian universities and TAFEs taking foreign students.  If these foreign students are paying full fees, then we are exporting a service and employing Australians.  We need such industries. The problem of providing tertiary

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Hangers On

I usually oppose the state teacher unions because they won’t face open competition from other schools, but I must say I sympathise with their recent protest that the recent budget cuts are aimed at their teacher numbers – while administrative

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Clergy Converted

First the Anglicans and now the Uniting Church Synod are earnestly spouting Labor party propaganda on the school system.  How ironic.  Religious missionaries used to convert natives.  Now political missionaries convert clergy! The Unitings warn that a two-tier system of

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