When an argument seeks to assert ‘facts’ that are based solely on what the news media has reported, you can end up with a flimsy argument. When the reported ‘facts’ are selectively cited to confirm preconceived beliefs, you end up with prejudice masquerading as research.
If you asked me what Independent schools have in common I might mention some shared fundamental foundations – a passion for education and a commitment to independence and the innovation this allows. And, perhaps paradoxically, I’d add another common characteristic – Independent schools are extraordinarily diverse.
Late night TV current affairs programs are usually devoted to serious, weighty and sometimes depressing topics like politics, the economy and international affairs. So I was surprised
The trouble with simple solutions to complex problems is twofold: often, they’re not simple and they’re not solutions. So it is with suggestions that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) be imposed on fees paid by parents with children at non-government schools.
Words can fail us when we hear and read about the sexual abuse of children in their homes, their schools and in other institutions. We’re shocked by the extent of it, disgusted by the predatory betrayal of trust involved, and angry when adults fail to respond properly when confronted by it.
When Julie Christopoulos, a Senior Advisor in Independent Schools Victoria’s School Improvement team, visited East Preston Islamic College, she saw a need.
Congratulations to Ballarat Grammar VCE student, Matthew Hall, who has won the national final of the Plain English Speaking Award and will now represent Australia at the International Final next year in London. Here is an extract of the speech he prepared – on the coffee trade – that helped send him there.
I have been enriched, empowered and challenged by the learning that I have encountered alongside the other 250 participants from all over the world.