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Politicians should listen to educators and employers – standardised testing is a waste of time

June 24, 2017 - 11:49 -- Admin

As our politicians bemoan Australia’s sliding international ranking in standardised testing, calling for a back to basics direct instruction approach, they are ignoring the things that really matter. In 2015, Australia placed first in the Global Creativity Index which ranked 139 nations worldwide on “three Ts” as measures of economic development — talent, technology, and…

The first drink was “on the house” – the last was on the floor

June 24, 2017 - 08:57 -- Admin

I like the Australian cultural habit of telling yarns … and general bullshitting. There is a certain skill in attitude, demeanour and voice-timing to get a good story across. Of course, the oral tradition is the best way for such a personality to tell a yarn, but with the loss of the front-bar culture, where…

Remember the Art of Compromise?

June 22, 2017 - 17:34 -- Admin

By Warwick O’Neill Unlike a lot of people who follow the political and media ramblings of this country I like to ensure that I’m informed about issues from as many perspectives as possible. I don’t just stick to the tried and trusted papers and sites which comfortingly reaffirm my point of view and lead me…

What is wrong with our doctors?

June 22, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

By Christopher Kennedy It does not surprise me that young doctors have mental problems at twice the rate of the general population. It was only one hundred and twenty years ago that doctors figured out what the heart did. Two hundred years ago they were also the town barber and surgeon. They had no idea.…