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Jean Walker

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  • Birthday 06/01/1943

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    Tasmania, Australia
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  1. A very interesting article, John. I think you're right about the child I mentioned - that it used to be called Chromosome x. He has now been moved to our only special school where a separate room with toilet/shower has been added for his use only and with a teacher and aide to care for him. No doubt this will continue till he is leaving age. This will probably be at a cost of at least $150,000 a year with no research being done - just baby sitting. What happens after that I don't know.
  2. John - this particular child is basically being contained with activities and educational play etc but there is no research going on. Tasmania is tiny and the poorest state in the country and we have little opportunity for research into this type of problem. Because we are so small the gov't also gets away with not providing sufficient proper places for this type of child and they are often mainstreamed with an aide and little else.
  3. We use some rooms in a local high schol for our U3A (University of the Third Age) classes - don't think it's known in America, it's a school for seniors - and one room next to ours has been taken over for a incoming 12 yr old who has the vary rare Chromosome 17 syndrome. He is violent, destructive and without self-control. He has to have a full-time teacher and full-time aide and therapy as well as a whole room and toilet to himself. This is probably costing our small Ed'n Dept in the range of $150,000 a year and there is presently no hope for improvement, so for 10 year of schooling, $1.5 mil
  4. It sounds like a really good program and basically just a lot of common sense (which isn't very common these days in Ed Depts) but it also sounds extremely costly and sadly Australia is low on the world list of educational spending.
  5. Thanks for coming back and telling us the results. It's always nice to feel you've contributed something useful for someone. Four years later I am happily retired from being state president of our teachers' union and thoroughly enjoying doing some casual sub-editing at our Hansard. No stress, no behaviour problems, good pay, excellent conditions, interesting work - why didn't I think of it earlier!!!
  6. Or as Shakespeare put it: "there is nothing god or bad but thinking make it so"
  7. Article in paper today reporting on large research study which says the answer to warding off dementia is a drink a day and pottering in the garden. I'm well in front with the first!
  8. I received the notification that I had subscribed to this thread and I had also forgotten all about it. My post was in 2005 and here I am now having been retired for almost a year. I've found interesting things to do and have been overseas (to your part of the world) for 10 weeks. I'm involved with our local, new U3A and on the Board of our nearby Young Women's Shelter. However, after the initial novelty of freedom, I have applied to be a casual sub-editor for our state parliament Hansard, passed the test and got the job and start in early March when parlt begins its first sitting. Should be i
  9. Welcome to the forum. I only post on the educational issues sites as I'm not a JFK devotee. Here in Tasmania we mainstream almost every child except the most profoundly disabled and it just doesn't work. I fully understand why parents don't want their disabled students in special schools but I think the criteria for mainstreaming has to be that they don't negatively impact on the education of others, which I think is what you are saying. Unfortunately, here, they do. Children who need to be tube fed, nappies changed, severely intellectually disabled are mainsteamed, even if they spend all day
  10. Have you heard of Prof Brian Caldwell over there? He's an Australian first famous for the self-managing school, now running round Oz selling PD and his latest book after being in the UK, telling us that we should bulldoze all our state schools and rebuild them with public/private partnerships.
  11. And so, of course, our federal govt is recommending them here. Do we ever learn from anything? NO
  12. As I said earlier, for many years here children were given iodine tablets as a safeguard against goiter. It caused none of the issues you've raised. I'm old enough to remember being issued with concentrated orange juice and cod liver oil after the war as a safeguard against poor nutrition. I guess in both cases the govt could have "educated" parents instead but I doubt it would have had the same effect. I think I probably have them to thank for my very strong bones and good teeth even in late middle age and in neither case was there ever any issues about brands or makes or commercial companies
  13. On the advice of my very good GP I have been taking fish oil capsules for several years and I do believe they have made a difference to my overall well-being. She recommended them for a variety of benefits including cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress and joint protection. A friend who has been a geriatric nurse for many years tells me that they have given them to all their residents for several years now. Here in Tasmania we have a natural shortage of iodine and for many years all school children were given iodine tablets, until it started to be put compulsorily into bread and salt. I c
  14. Tis the same the whole world over! Our new Minister has just announced a 6 months taskforce into "improving" (ie changing) our newish reporting system. What did it take to get it? Two years of telling our DoE they were rubbish. Two years of writing to papers, dozens of useless meetings, political lobbying, parent lobbying, surveys etc etc. Because it was the previous Minister's "baby", nothing was done. Now, with a new Minister keen to make his mark, suddenly it's all possible and surprise, surprise, we were apparently right all along. The money involved would have paid for several extra teach
  15. And my teachers' union members did their little bit here in Tasmania, We had an "Orange May Day" in schools where teachers wore orange, had orange coloured morning teas, orange coloured raffles etc. Why? Because at the moment all over Australia we are fighting a YourRights@Work campaign against the worst industrial legislation that's ever been seen in this country and in the long term to oust the present federal govt and get the laws rescinded. Orange and black are the casmpaign colours, hence the orange May Day. The IR laws are unbeleivably draconian and will. as they did in New Zealand ove
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