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Jean Walker

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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. Might I humbly suggest you change the topic title to bullying. Social hierarchy, in this context, is not immediately associated with school bullying in my part of the world. Just a thought.
  6. Hi Don I've been away for a while and only just looked in today and saw your comments. This site might interest you - Australia has created a Safe Schools national framework and this is their website. http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/
  7. She will probably have more effect than any amount of policies and programs.
  8. PS I meant to also say that we do not go in as much for gifted and talented designations either, or segregating academic achievement. The vast majority of our high schools and all our colleges are comprehensive in intake and although some G & T programs are available it's always been a very Australian thing that kids shouldn't be labelled or singled out - in fact we take it to extremes sometimes and we call it the tall poppy syndrome - cutting down to size those who aspire to too much. It's not always a hood thing but a very Australian attitude.
  9. I guess you first have to remember that in Australia our system is very similar to the UK only with less of the class system and rather more egalitarianism. In five of our States kids do years 11 and 12 at their high school like 6th forms in the UK, although Tasmania and the ACT have the separate two-year "6th form college" system. So, generally speaking they spend 6 years in high school from 12 to 17. Then they go to either university or a technical college or to work. So there is less separation of younger and older students which probably helps prevent the sort of elitism you're describing
  10. I haven't been into this site for quite a long time as I retired a few years ago and my interest had slowly waned. The weather here is bad today so out of sheer boredom I wandered in and found your comments. I was a high school teacher here in Tasmania for 35 years and then ended my career as full time State President of our teachers' union for seven years and have kept up with things via friends who are still teaching or who are union officers. As you say, bullying seems to be on the increase everywhere including here - Tasmania is tiny and we haven't had any major tragedies yet but it will
  11. Sorry - I haven't been back to this site for a while. Re the abc article - Kevin Donnelly is a very controversial character here in Oz. I've met him several times. He is a far right wing, conservative and although I tend to agree with a lot of his comments, he is not well thought of by the progressive mainstream educationalists. He's very much a back to the basics man and critical of a lot of "modern" stuff even though it may have merit if it is not over utilised. I certainly agree with you about edspeak - we suffer here from a plethora of educational jargon and often promotion depends on
  12. And there was I thinking that we only did that in Australia!!
  13. And as you no doubt have already seen, we almost immediately had our first accusation of teachers "cheating" in the tests by sending kids home and by letting them redo them!
  14. Yes, but that is a long, slow process which takes money and political will which our politicians are not willing to do because it does not have a fast enough re-election payback so, sadly, I doubt it will ever happen here.
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