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  1. When all else fails, we could actually ask a teacher: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-07/the-demise-of-australian-mathematics-teachers-students/11768644
  2. ...and that's when the fight started. That might be what you are being told, paticularly by the Murdoch media, but that impression deserves to be examined. State schools regularly achieve top results, but are also expected to take in all the kids that the well-funded private schools won't. Most of my teaching career was spent in classrooms built in the thirties and fifties; pens fell thru gaps in the floor, the roof leaked and there was an unflued gas heater and no cooling. Meanwhile across town, rarely-used sporting clubs had plush carpet and aircon- that might give you some idea of our society's priorities. The Federal government has ignored calls to reduce the influence of lobbyist- they recently doubled the number of lobbyists accredited to operate in Parliament House. As a result, don't expect any change to the obscene levels of funding for private schools vs public schools.
  3. Seen a lot of that, and have the bruises to show for it. Most of our behaviour problems are associated with stupid or even toxic parenting.
  4. I too totally agree, OME. I've seen classrooms are like you describe, but in my experience most kids want to get an education. Even the best behaved kid will go off the rails if the education offered to them is uninspiring. There are many gifted teachers out there who inspire their kids and don't have a problem. There are also many others who aren't suited. The turnover of new teachers is very high; currently most leave the profession as soon as they pay off their student debt. An incredible waste of resources. To attract replacements, the education level required to get into teaching has been lowered. It's not the whole solution, but if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
  5. I totally agree with Octave. If we want to stop our kids sliding further down the rankings, we should emulate countries with the best-educated kids. Our governments have got to stop slavishly copying trends from America, where education is in crisis because of poor funding and stupid political interference. OME I share your concern and agree with much of you say, but the problem is more complex than old fashioned notions of discipline. If you want a solution, watch Michael Moore's latest doco, which played on SBS last night. It's probably available on SBS on Demand, but it doesn't seem to be on You Tube yet. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_to_Invade_Next I warn you though, watching this doco will likely make you very angry about the bone-headed, even corrupt education policies in Australia and other countries that follow the US. During four decades teaching kids I learned a little about the limitations of our school systems. Knee-jerk reactions like narrowing the cirriculum to focus on "the three Rs" and mass testing have failed. Unless we invest properly in education, Australia will soon be the white trash of Asia.
  6. Sure saved on redecorating; I suspect most gods are recycled. Look at the Greeks: images of Zeus were converted into the stern Orthodox JC we see today.
  7. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-02/apostrophe-protection-society-closes-down-john-richards/11756830 I gave up trying to find the old punctuation thread. The search function never seems to work for me.
  8. There is an incedibly sad picture of this disaster. The control staff brought in his wife and left the room while she spoke to him for the last time before he fired his retro rockets for re-entry, which he knew he couldn't survive.
  9. Conversations That Matter Thanks for the link, PM. An interesting discussion, and no doubt comforting for those who would love to continue our wasteful and destructive lifestyle- but where was the contrary view which they claimed to always allow? I find the style of William Dapper to be likeable and he makes some good points. I have no doubt that many researcher's work is tainted by "groupthink". I was more interested in what he left out: the other greenhouse gases like methane, which are poised to make a big, perhaps catastrophic difference to global climates. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/27/climate-emergency-world-may-have-crossed-tipping-points
  10. PM your story is better-written than much professional stuff I've seen. It's worthy of archiving and use in education. Did the younger man go back down that hole?
  11. Just did some homework and discovered that fertiliser was rich in both nitrates and phosphates. Guano is a fascinating story in itself, pivotal in the history of colonisation by many nations- USA, Australia- and the cause of wars. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guano
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