It seems to happen every year. I am so sick of it. Naturally, you can rely on Naomi Robson to give it the full shock horror those bloody wankers are ripping mums and dads off treatment, and that’s what the promos promised so therefore I switched channels before the Robson impersonation of Brooke Vandenberg could leap out of my new television set to do nasty things to my blood pressure.
You can get a glimpse of the depth and quality of Naomi’s Today Tonight by scanning Our most popular stories. Since I didn’t watch last night’s story, I can’t really comment on it, except that I gather it raised the issue of whether repeating grades may sometimes be beneficial, to which I would in fact say “yes, but…” There are cases where repeating may well be good for a student, and it is true that we have lost sight of that in recent years. On the other hand, there are students who could repeat Year One for the rest of their lives, sadly. It is all somewhat more complex than you would ever know from shows like Today Tonight. NOTE: one of the two images on this page is Naomi Robson, people’s tribune, and the other is the probably fictitious Brooke Vandenberg. You decide. Hovering over each image may give a clue.
Meanwhile, the Herald this morning tells us that HSC English is not a playground for rampant Maoism! Amazing, eh!
The federal Minister for Education, Julie Bishop, has accused state curriculum boards of harbouring Maoists and left-wing ideologues, citing a Marxist critical reading of Othello at one private school in NSW as evidence.
The head of the Australian Council for Educational Research, Geoff Masters, said concerns about critical readings and postmodernist interpretations of literature, such as those at SCEGGS, had been overstated. “I wouldn’t share a concern there is any deep problem,” he said.
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I do also recommend that you download from the Department of Education, Science and Training the report Australian Certificate of Education: exploring a way forward. It is more interesting than much that Minister Bishop has said lately. It is an important contribution to the debate.