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Goodbye to teaching

I really have been running out of steam this year, you know. So this last week my paper-work closing this chapter in my life was sent to the Department of Education. Of course, God willing, I should still be doing a modicum of casual work and coaching, but let others take up the torch.

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Posted by on December 3, 2005 in education, ex-students and coachees, generational change, local, personal

 

Reading to be taught in the old way – National – smh.com.au

Mark my words: in ten years or less reports will be commissioned in Australia, the UK, and the US into the failure of a phonics-centred approach to the teaching of reading. Why? Because we have been down this road so often before in the last one hundred years or more — but people never learn that either/or fails every time, do they?

There are voices of reason:
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Posted by on December 3, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, education, literacy, right wing politics

 

Not culture but colonial madness in the method – Opinion – smh.com.au :: Clive Kessler

Here is a very measured opinion from a classmate (Class of 1959) from The Mine.

IT IS some time since we have been addressed by the Singaporean and Malaysian leadership about Asian values. But the subject was of lively interest, there and here, a decade or so ago.

As the issue was then framed by regional leaders, the Asian values challenge combined and confused several related but distinct notions. The proponents of the Asian values thesis insisted that others recognise, in everyday action, the principle of national sovereignty, the right of the nations of Asia to manage their own affairs independently.

This insistence they combined with, and justified on the basis of, a second principle: the obligation of outsiders to acknowledge and respect cultural pluralism…

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Posted by on December 3, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, current affairs, events, human rights, Multicultural, reminiscing, right wing politics, Salt Mine