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Sun newspapers Wed 31 Jul 2013



Sun newspapers Wed 31 Jul 2013


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2013. Sun Newspapers 19 SUNNewspapers >> Opinion Bradley Solicitors John Bradley Barrister & Solicitor Abogado bradleysolicitors@gmail.com We Solve Problems First Consultation Free Tel: (08) 8941 1677 Suite 21 e Metro 21 Cavenagh Street Darwin NT 0800 If mental illness aects your life, help is available at Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT). I have a mental illness. I am a person too. 2/273 Bagot Road, Coconut Grove , Darwin 2A/40 Bath Street, Alice Springs 1800 985 944 www.mifant.org.au t DPOUBDU!IVOUOUDPNBV t XXXIVOUOUDPNBV 8IBUFWFSZPVSTJUVBUJPO ZPVDBOUSVTUVTUP HJWFZPVFGGJDJFOU QFSTPOBMJTFETFSWJDFBOE TVQQPSUZPVFWFSZTUFQPGUIFXBZ Call for advice on all areas of family law: t4FQBSBUJPOBOEEJWPSDF t1SPQFSUZNBUUFST t1BSFOUJOHBOEDIJMESFO t$IJMETVQQPSU t%FGBDUP But we can help you stay a family Your relationship may be over Focus on the good and well get better ABOUTHENRY A Territorian since 1975, Henry hasworked in remote, town and urban communities. Hewas principal at Leanyer School from 1992 until he retired in 2012. Hands up if you think we should recognise the good things being done in education. THE Gonski Better Schools plan reflects the Federal Governments desire to influence policy in what has traditionally been a significant state and territory domain. People seem to assume any new plan for educational development and advancement is the first that has been developed. We tend to welcome these plans with open arms, without considering earlier initiatives. I believe the Gonski plan is somewhat loose because it commits futures funding, not dollars in the bank. It also forecasts so far into the future as to be fraught with considerable uncertainty. There is no guarantee it will become reality. Discounting the past Plans tend to build on assumptions that nothing in the past has ever worked. We are always starting over rather than building on what has gone before. Many good things have happened and are happening in education, but we never seem to take them into account. We always seem to be breastbeating, flailing ourselves over poor results. Planning to fix issues and overcome deficiencies is a major preoccupation one reinforced by the Better Schools proposals. Better Schools motivation To me, Gonski and the Better Schools plan is largely about a determination on the part of the Australian Government to nationalise education, stripping initiative from states and territories. In the interests of standardisation, that may have merit, but the way it is being done leaves a lot to be desired. Duress rather than appeal to reason seems to be a key element of negotiation. Barry OFarrell, NSW Premier, recently wrote (Australian Teacher, June 2013) that the (then) Gillard Government was using a carrot and stick approach to education funding through the Gonski model. From negotiations occurring between the Australian Government and our state and territory government leaders, it seems at the very best negotiation is based on forceful persuasion. Nationalisation For a long time I have been of the belief that nationalisation offers a lot of positives. We have states and territories vying with each other, upholding their own individualised and protected positions. This creates an educational schism within our country, detracting from the notion of togetherness and co-operation. Within negotiation, there has been a manifest unwillingness by states and territories and the Federal Government to depart from specifically held viewpoints. Recognising the merit of alternatives does not appear to be on the radar. Common sense suggests there would have been merit in a national curriculum, national teacher registration and then national testing. As it stands, testing came first. There is little accord on the subject of national curriculum. National teacher recognition is a long way off. Things are being done in the wrong order. Focus What we need for education is a certainty and confidence that at present does not exist. We need to appreciate student qualities, teaching excellence and the good things being done for students by teachers and support staff. That will lead to better schools.

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