Captain Hook and the History of Oz

From Charming and Colliding Blog

From Charming and Colliding Blog

Ministers of Education have been alarmed in the past to discover Australian High School Students know very little about the history of this country. The following essay by Ashlee M, Year 8, Coolathanu High is believed to be included in some bureaucratic report somewhere.

Australia is a large incontinent which lies in the Specific Ocean except for Tasmania which doesn’t know where it is. Australia is very hot because the Topic of Popracorn is in Queensland somewhere, which means Queenslanders are sweaty and can grow topical plants in their ears. But the most important topic is the topic of Cancer because if youse get sunburnt, Omigod, ya gonna die.

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Cult of me-first fails to meet children’s needs

Classroom  Downey's Warren HS California

Classroom
Downey’s Warren HS California

quote 1Two factors promote me-me attitudes in schools today: brand marketing and corporate culture.

Schools have whole-heartedly embraced the brand-marketing ethos. They have websites and glossy brochures picturing happy, rosy-cheeked children. They all have an enriching environment that nurtures personal excellence. Most claim to ‘‘provide for the individual student’’ or ‘‘address individual needs’’. This marketing spiel doesn’t simply mould parents’ expectations; it is changing the very nature of schools.quote 2
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You can read more of this Edited Extract from MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid, by Kerry Cue, Connor Court, $24.95, 2013 here:

The Age

The Age, 28 Jul 2013 Education

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SMH The Sydney Morning Herald, Comment

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The Canberra Times



The Canberra Times, Comment