Monthly Archive: February 2012

Ross Gittins on the Quality Teaching debate 0

Ross Gittins on the Quality Teaching debate

An erudite contribution to the debate from Ross Gittins, as normal. I heard him last week refer to himself as a frustrated teacher, and he certainly has a deep and ongoing sympathy with the...

Herald editorial on Gonski 2

Herald editorial on Gonski

I guess all school leaders have become cynical over the past ten years. The shenanigans of the various Teachers Federations during the period have been more than unedifying, and the unwillingness of the elite...

Mary Ann Sieghart: You dont have to believe in God to cherish the Church 0

Mary Ann Sieghart: You dont have to believe in God to cherish the Church

I like the digs at Dawkins.   Mary Ann Sieghart: You dont have to believe in God to cherish the Church.   Mary Ann Sieghart: You don’t have to believe in God to cherish...

The big obsession: which school? 0

The big obsession: which school?

No time to comment on this one, but worth going back to for more thoughts. > This clipping is from the February 18 issue of The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition. To subscribe for...

Is there ever a good divorce? 0

Is there ever a good divorce?

Sometimes you can’t choose – just like the kids! > This clipping is from the February 18 issue of The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition. To subscribe for $4.50 a week, visit http://smh.com.au/digitaledition. >...

The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition: Labor likely to dither on education proposals 0

The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition: Labor likely to dither on education proposals

Why are we not surprised? Any decline in the funding for the non–Gov sector will be poison in key electorates if it hits either of two key groups: the Catholic parents and “Howard’s Aspirationals”....

Refugees and the Telegraph’s “freebies” 0

Refugees and the Telegraph’s “freebies”

Yesterday, I dropped Paula at school soon after 7 am and, while I waited for Bethlehem’s Opening Mass and her installation/coronation/assumption, wandered down to Ashfield to grab a latte (large, skim, of course). Waiting...

Education Week: Why Science Doesn’t Support Single-Sex Classes 0

Education Week: Why Science Doesn’t Support Single-Sex Classes

How superb! Lovely rebuttal of the single-sexers. Actually, I’ve enjoyed teaching in single-sex schools, but we should be honest about our motives. Gendering promotes Rugby and nice little girls; it soothes the fears of...