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A Tribute to Robin Amm

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 NSW State Education lost a true visionary with the passing of Robin Amm on Monday night.    Read On

Let Teachers Teach

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 Approaching nearly 50 years in the classroom, I sat in our Staff Development Day last week listening to a number of inspirational speakers (including our 2018 Head Girl), reflecting on what has changed since I began teaching in my mauve body shirt, purple flares, matching tie and pointy shoes way back in 1973.   Read On

Why HSC Drama is so important.

Monday, August 21, 2017

This morning at 830am Year 12 students across the State began sitting the HSC Practical Drama Examination. Except they weren’t sitting. They were on their feet, performing. Live. In front of an audience of fellow students and external examiners who were there to assess their performances in minute detail.   Read On

The True Story of Dead End Drive In

Monday, August 21, 2017

A friend told me that Dead End Drive In was screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. This is a film made in the 1986 under fairly dodgy circumstances during the infamous 10BA era that was expected to sink without a trace. It’s Lazarus-like refusal to (sorry) hit a dead end has bemused me ever since.  Read On

Our politicians fiddle while our schools burn

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If there is one universal truth about Australian politics it is that no matter what the cause, no matter what the issue, self interest will always win the day.  Read On

Size Matters

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 Imagine for a second that you are given the task of supervising a group of teenagers. On your own. Not only have you been given the task of supervising them but of imparting some information (call it knowledge) as well. The information/knowledge is most likely to be of little or no interest to the teenagers but you will be expected to soldier on anyway.  Read On

Why Labor have got it so wrong about Gonski.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

 The Turnbull Government have gazumped Labor over Gonski.  Read On

When it is important to break the law.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The response to what I thought was a fairly innocuous comment from Sally McManus that there were times when it was necessary to break the law has been predictable from some but surprising from others. Of course, there has been faux outrage from what we once called conservatives. That is, the reactionary right. The group of “anti everythings” (except wealth acquisition) that our PM has aligned himself to.  Read On

Back on the Horse.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I’ve just finished the first three weeks of my first full time teaching job in six years. It feels like three months.   Read On

Stop Blaming Teachers

Thursday, December 08, 2016
School children working with their teacher in the class room
 ‘When are we going to face up to the fact that we have got our priorities all wrong?’ Photograph: davidf/Getty Images
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