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‘Stonewall is about the power of mockery, and fun and celebration, about shabby violence and brilliant political intervention, about riff-raff and the reputable working hand in hand, about the need for supporters of sensible but difficult causes-gay rights, euthanasia, drug reform-to show their faces in daylight. It’s about the power of coming out.’ The above

Stonewall…and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

‘Stonewall is about the power of mockery, and fun and celebration, about shabby violence and brilliant political intervention, about riff-raff and the reputable working hand in hand, about the need for supporters of sensible but difficult causes-gay rights, euthanasia, drug reform-to show their faces in daylight. It’s about the power of coming out.’ The above

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Child Care Choices is a study which follows 670 children for six years from child care through to school. And as is often the case the study tells us some things we probably already know. That for example, those children who showed early signs of behaviour problems were at risk of continuing to do so.

We go where we are facing…and then again…turns are possible

Child Care Choices is a study which follows 670 children for six years from child care through to school. And as is often the case the study tells us some things we probably already know. That for example, those children who showed early signs of behaviour problems were at risk of continuing to do so.

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I have been reading lately about Rudolf Dreikurs and some of his ideas about working with young people. Born in 1897 Rudolf is a person of a past time. And still has something to tell us: ‘Dreikurs’ Social Discipline model is based on the four basic premises of Adler’s social theory. These premises are (http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Dreikurs%2C_Rudolf):

Kids, classrooms and Rudolf Dreikurs

I have been reading lately about Rudolf Dreikurs and some of his ideas about working with young people. Born in 1897 Rudolf is a person of a past time. And still has something to tell us: ‘Dreikurs’ Social Discipline model is based on the four basic premises of Adler’s social theory. These premises are (http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Dreikurs%2C_Rudolf):

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Consult the website ‘Kids’ health’ and you will read this: ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.’ Now I’m not going to disagree. TV is a

Kids and tv and where do you get the help?

Consult the website ‘Kids’ health’ and you will read this: ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.’ Now I’m not going to disagree. TV is a

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James Barber has some interesting, and controversial, things to say about child welfare. He is deputy vice-chancellor RMIT University and can lay claim to a long list of academic and literary achievements. In the Sydney Morning Herald of 6th July he had this to say: ‘…using hard data…actuaries and mathematicians can make vastly better decisions

Child welfare

James Barber has some interesting, and controversial, things to say about child welfare. He is deputy vice-chancellor RMIT University and can lay claim to a long list of academic and literary achievements. In the Sydney Morning Herald of 6th July he had this to say: ‘…using hard data…actuaries and mathematicians can make vastly better decisions

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Hugh Mackay, pretty decent fella and pretty decent researcher, writing in ‘THE ESSAY’ (Sydney Morning Herald 25th-26th July 2009), says all social research is based on indirect experience; ‘…other people’s accounts of what they are thinking and feeling.’ He also says: ‘That’s the trouble with asking questions: they always elicit an answer and you never

Is it okay to ask questions?

Hugh Mackay, pretty decent fella and pretty decent researcher, writing in ‘THE ESSAY’ (Sydney Morning Herald 25th-26th July 2009), says all social research is based on indirect experience; ‘…other people’s accounts of what they are thinking and feeling.’ He also says: ‘That’s the trouble with asking questions: they always elicit an answer and you never

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I don’t actually like Sunday newspapers very much. But I read them because they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS.’ Saturday newspapers are marginally better. I always read Good Weekend. And sometimes I read the regular columns. Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are somewhat less fabulous. But I read them because they too deserve

Are you a Maggie, a Steph or a Max?

I don’t actually like Sunday newspapers very much. But I read them because they are ‘THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS.’ Saturday newspapers are marginally better. I always read Good Weekend. And sometimes I read the regular columns. Sometimes they are really good and sometimes they are somewhat less fabulous. But I read them because they too deserve

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I posted something recently about ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’, phrases coined by Marc Prensky (though I have recently seen these terms attributed to Douglas Rushkoff?)…phrases meaning those born into a ‘more’ technological age and therefore more technologically familiar, and those who preceed them, still alive perhaps, but not as savvy around the touch screens

Another view of digital

I posted something recently about ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’, phrases coined by Marc Prensky (though I have recently seen these terms attributed to Douglas Rushkoff?)…phrases meaning those born into a ‘more’ technological age and therefore more technologically familiar, and those who preceed them, still alive perhaps, but not as savvy around the touch screens

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There is an ongoing debate about just what is good education, about how young people use the internet, and about what some describe as the ‘slipping standards in education’. And there are cries at times for a return to more ‘traditional’ ways. Mind you sometimes ‘traditional’ ways seemed to include public floggings and other educational

To google or not to google

There is an ongoing debate about just what is good education, about how young people use the internet, and about what some describe as the ‘slipping standards in education’. And there are cries at times for a return to more ‘traditional’ ways. Mind you sometimes ‘traditional’ ways seemed to include public floggings and other educational

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The last part of Michael Jackson has finally died. And I am not sure that his passing is any sadder than the passing of any other person in our world. But what does seem sad is the journey from the days of the Jackson Five to wherever it is that he ended up. Of course

Meaning

The last part of Michael Jackson has finally died. And I am not sure that his passing is any sadder than the passing of any other person in our world. But what does seem sad is the journey from the days of the Jackson Five to wherever it is that he ended up. Of course

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