The Wild West ... the outback ... The new world of the 1800s was a time of true liberty. People stood on their own merits. They won or they lost and they reaped the rewards or swallowed the consequences. There were no cubicle dwelling civil servants hell bent on saving you from yourself. No planning permits no licenses no permissions no heritage overlay no bylaw no regulators no inspectors. And guess what ... it worked

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Re: Roy Rodgers vs the Hairy Bitch (Lone Ranger)

Roy’s posting a little while ago got me thinking about primary schools, as my oldest daughter will soon be attending our local school. In my younger, stupider days, my wife and I purchased a house in a seedy but yuppifying inner city area, without thinking through the consequences of things such as schools.

Our local school, which will remain nameless, has the following on its website:

The school is founded upon these core values:
  • confident, life-long learning
  • integrity and self-esteem
  • trust and co-operation
  • respect and resilience
  • leadership and excellence in learning

I was rather hoping that there would be an explicit reference to literacy and numeracy, but no. What the hell is “resilience”? Thanks, but I would rather you left that particular value to the parents.

All a school has to do is teach kids to read, write and add up – and maybe a little history for the heck of it. Why is this such a difficult concept for teachers to grasp?

Home schooling is looking better and better.


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