Good News Day

This front page made me smile so much yesterday I broke my usual rule and bought The Australian:

PRIVATE SCHOOLS’ FURY OVER MYSCHOOL WEBSITE

Turns out the poor buggers have found some inaccuracies in the way their finances are reported.  It makes it look like they are getting paid WAY too much money for the services they provide, or something totally unbelievable like that.

I say: suck it.  Where were you last year when NSW public school teachers and unions were the only ones out there willing to put their neck on the line to criticise the MySchool website?  Sitting quietly on their hands and calling us whingers, that’s where.

STATE REJECTS PM’s CURRICULUM AS SUBSTANDARD

Which state you ask?  Oh, that’d be NSW.  Again.  As far as I can see, the only state with the balls to take a stand against ACARA.  Again.

Now, I realise full well that teachers in every state and territory think that their curriculum is ‘the best’.  But that’s not what this is actually about.  This is not just about some east-coast superiority complex.  This is about (in the case of English, at least) the inadequacy of the curriculum on offer.

I love my new home in Queensland, but for sheer determination to kick against the pricks, I am proud to say ‘go the Blues!’  On National Curriculum issues, NSW is proving well and truly to be the big sister of Australia – she might not always be right, but at least she’s brave enough to fight for what she thinks is right (inaccurate newspaper reporting be damned).

SIDDLE BLOWS ENGLAND AWAY WITH HATTRICK

OK, so any real Australian knows that this was the only real story of the day.

If you don’t know what a hattrick in cricket is, it’s when a bowler gets three batsmen out in a row.  It’s very hard to do.  Since the start of the Ashes in 1877 there have only been eight other hattricks, making Siddle’s the ninth. And it was his birthday!

What a good news day!

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  1. #1 by kmcg2375 on November 30, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    Further today in SMH:

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/nsw-head-teachers-blast-new-curriculum-20101127-18bel.html

    Dr Hawkes said the curriculum lacked an overarching framework.

    ”There is a lack of connectivity between English, maths, science and history, which are presented as educational ‘silos’ rather than as part of an integrated curriculum.”

    The overcrowding of the current NSW curriculum has not been adequately addressed, Dr Hawkes said. ”One of the things that excited me about the national curriculum was that it was going to tackle the issue of overcrowding. It hasn’t.”

  2. #2 by kmcg2375 on December 8, 2010 - 12:43 am

    and a very different spin from The Courier Mail in Queensland:

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/profits-in-the-millions/story-e6frer7o-1225962032660

    Private schools have been lobbying hard to keep financial information off the My School website, but will be forced next month to reveal some of their asset secrets when the new site goes live.

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