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Another Brick in the Wall

A three part series examining Australia's failing educational system

Stephen Quinton

Stephen Quinton's extensive research in the education sector spans 30 years and he is published globally. Stephen was born in Pambula NSW in 1952. He is now retired in Perth Western Australia. His website and blog address is: http://www.ctec-think.com.au/

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Lies, Lies, Lies (the power of lying)

The intention of this series is not to suggest that Australians are stupid or unintelligent. On the contrary, as made evident during the years of Nazi Germany, it is possible to dupe an entire population into believing the most implausible lies and yet relatively few will protest or resist. Even though the threat of punishment and possibly death was cause for fear, the widespread use of the mainstream media (newspapers and radio) was a major influence on the German people’s psyche. History refers to this phenomenon as the lugenpresse or the lying press. Today, we call it fake news. Goebbels fully understood how to ensure the German people would not hinder the Nazi dream:

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”.

The limits of a few short pages do not allow for a comprehensive analysis of what has happened to the education system in Australia (and most of the Western world). The following is a brief overview of one of the principal causes behind the many issues and dilemmas we face today: education and the consequent anaesthetising of the Australian spirit. This essay outlines how a deliberately orchestrated decline in educational standards exemplifies the insidious effects of filling young minds with continual lies.

“The foundation for most public relations businesses is to spin truth into lies and lies into truth with the understanding that it doesn’t matter what’s true, it only matters what people believe is true.” [Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace]


The Education System Causes Greater Harm than Good

For decades, Australians have watched politicians indulge the self-serving interests of countless educational ‘experts’, lobbyists, unions, and most damaging of all, inadequately qualified careerists. The time, effort, and money that governments have put into ‘improving the quality of education’ have been incalculable. Despite such ‘investment’, little proof exists of a genuine effort to establish a lasting and effective ‘education revolution’, nor is there likely to be.




The reality is that within primary and secondary schools, management and students subject teachers to a relentless barrage of disrespect, subjugation, disempowerment, alienation, confusion, and abuse. This unwarranted harassment is so pervasive that it is a wonder that there are teachers who have retained even a vestige of enthusiasm and motivation to excel at their chosen profession. See: http://www.badapplebullies.com/apps/blog/

Persistent union action often sparked by well-intended criticism or even proposals to change educational practice predictably upholds the deeply entrenched status quo. More often than not, the obstructive behaviours are enacted by a vocal minority many of whom have rarely set foot in a classroom for decades (if at all). Many factors contribute to an attitude of change resistance in schools: candidates for university teaching degrees are accepted with low ATAR scores of 25%, many with poor English language skills; teaching was not the first choice degree due to rejection from entry into preferred courses; and, many teachers are burnt out from stress and work pressures, waiting to retire, or have lost interest in the profession. Another major influence on preventing change is that one in three teachers is a member of the Australian Education Union (AEU). As well as being a staunch supporter and funder of the Labor Party, the AEU’s main affiliate is the ACTU.

How often do we witness the familiar chant for the need to increase resources (particularly funds – think Gonski) based on the claim to sustain or even improve the quality of education, only to see such demands discarded once agreement on a pay rise is secured? To make matters worse, corporate style managerialism has assumed full control over the delivery of education consequently forcing teachers to cope the best they can without adequate support and resources. Pay rises do not equate to ensuring classrooms are properly resourced.

Each time someone in management assumes a position of authority, restructure follows restructure as a means to progress self-motivated ambition for rapid promotion. Another overused managerial ploy to achieve recognition and status is to tout the ‘latest trend in educational practice’ as the pre-eminent model for improving learning even though it is a proven failure in some other country.  Under the guise of raising educational standards and mask the waste of taxpayers’ dollars, Governments impose state and national curricula, standards, and tests, and massage the results to justify the enormous waste of money and time it takes to implement such measures. In reality, success is measured by the number of reports produced, not the quality of learning.

Our universities are anti-intellectual enclaves that proclaim unthinking, mentally homogenised, emotionally inept puppets as their ‘best and brightest’. On most campuses in Australia, leftists are in control within both the student and academic bodies. Ironically, in an environment that declares the pursuit of intellectual freedom as the highest ideal, free speech has become a liability. In a 2017 survey, 8 out of 42 Australian universities have policies that protect intellectual freedom. Thirty-four received a ‘red’ rating for having policies and/or actions that “are hostile to free speech on campus”.

Aggressive students groups and unions actively suppress oppositional ideas using any means possible. This can include charging excessive hire fees and imposing needless security costs on taxpayer funded venues to prevent unwelcome speakers from voicing their views. A large part of the on and off-campus incivility witnessed today is the result of exposing our youth to a university experience.

University education has become a commodity, a ‘product’ to be prepared and delivered at the cheapest cost, and sold to students at the highest possible price. In short, mass-produced courses are for mass audiences. Online delivery in particular, has proven to be an economic boon. Consistent with the corporate model, Universities employ more administrators than staff who actually teach. Widespread casualisation of lecturing staff has simultaneously removed opportunities for graduates to enter into an academic career and diminished the quality of interaction between students and their lecturers. Moreover, there is now a generation of academic staff trained in postmodernist / cultural theories and cultural thinking. They teach subjects framed around Marxist principles. Of the universities that offer undergraduate history, it is difficult to discern the difference as all observe the same ideological framework and teach similar content and topics. There is one other aspect they all share – very few teach Western Civilisation (remember the Ramsay Centre fiasco?).

With the exception of the radicalised socialist left agitators, the majority of students at all levels are silent and display no resistance to authority. Rather than foster creativity and rational thinking, administrators have pressured teachers and lecturers to endure teaching environments where students learn not to think. The Australian education system produces academic ineptitude that ripples throughout every facet of Australian society.

Is it more than coincidental that  the lack of a basic grounding in rational thinking skills among the populace  allows politicians and governments to do as they please?



Comments

No Sailor should stay, along with anyone. You can censor what you wish yourself by skimming over it. Dont push your own agenda on to everyone else. Thats the great thing about this site.

:)

I think Karl did the right thing. The more I see of this bitch! The more I think of it the more I dislike her.

Poor deluded bloke -

King of Hearts Fri 14 Dec 2018 10:00:17 am
The Unbeliever, that is beautifully written, you have a talent for writing. Infowars is truly a magnificent operation. Did you know Putin watches Infowars? All the best, T.U.

Can't wait to see the farken things reach $10.00 each. imho

Born end of WWII . From when I was at an age of understanding what my parents harped on about - around 1953 I must have started taking an interest in the War - over the years have repeatedly said what Nazi Germany did was exactly what you have described - doesn't take Einstein to work it out and reading some of the book regarding that time one can see how all those millions were absolutely fooled in the very beginning. We most certainly have the same problem here in Australia with our universities and schools - students of all ages are being taught marxism and communism - free speech will be gone soon no doubt. Our education system is disgusting. Will the new generations wake up before it is too late?

When I joined the Royal Navy in 1953 we could buy 300 cigarettes per month at two shillings and sixpence per 100 if you were stationed ashore, and as many duty free as you wanted when at sea.

80% is tax.

amazing how the barren POS have fxxke uo the world

New Post Part II brick in the wal

At the last federal election the government committed 50 billion for subs to save Christopher Pynes seat. Now they hope his popularity will lift off with a national space centre in South Australia.

Nothing has changed. In the 1960s we had to use Cuisenaire rods for maths...remember those?Supposed to be the be-all and end-all of everything in maths but had failed in America 15 years before. It was a standing joke with teachers that we had to use many different methods which had failed in the US...all to no avail.

MISTER ‘X’ – AGAIN:

“A very high-profile figure was convicted on Tuesday of a serious crime, but we are unable to report their identity due to a suppression order.

The person, whose case has attracted significant media attention, was convicted on the second attempt, after the jury in an earlier trial was unable to reach a verdict. They will be remanded when they return to court in February for sentencing.

A suppression order issued by the Victorian County Court, which applies in all Australian states and territories, has prevented any publication of the details of the case including the person's name or the charges.

However, in this case, the word has got out widely online and through social media.

Google searches for the person's name surged on Wednesday, particularly in Victoria. Two of the top three search results on the suppressed name showed websites that were reporting the charges, the verdict and the identity of the person in full.”

… so who is this protected crim? Anyone got a link to this?

"Victoria uses more [court] suppression orders than any other jurisdiction in Australia, with the state accounting for more than half of such orders nationally."

... Victoria again. Why are we not surprised?

Remember your high school children's annual Yearbooks? Each grade reported its academic, artistic and sporting achievements and the Year 12s had great fun ribbing both the staff's and their fellow students' quirks, interests, physical features with cartoons and especially "the student most likely to ... get married first; end up in gaol; etc." It used to be regarded as fun.

Not any more. Now it's considered bullying. Year 10s at Nowra in NSW organized an online survey asking for nominations for best ass; most likely to live off Centrelink; best Asian; first to be a parent; most likely to have a sugar daddy ... After a complaint by a mother the survey has been taken down and "any students found to to have been involved will be counselled and disciplined ..."

No wonder they turn to drugs.

Sailor, IQ4, potty mouthed fool, please jump back into the sewer where you belong. Please leave this site to people who wish to have sensible and expletive free discussion, irrespective of their beliefs.

Do some research and find ALP to blame, see :- http://theconversation.com/in-praise-of-australias-best-minister-for-prevention-8051. FOOLS!

Is May a zionist?

So, does anybody know when we can expect parts 2 and 3 of the above article?

Can't see any holes in that logic sailor. The sluts are certainly up to the job.