Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Nonsense review completed.

Apparently the Turnbull government review into the Safe Schools program has reported back that everything is ok afterall. That of course isn't good enough for the reactionaries within the government who have vowed to ' continue the fight.' (more embarrassment for Turnbull) 

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the Labor Party did not have access to the full review document, but he was concerned about the position Government MPs had taken. 

"Mr Turnbull has to make a decision today also, is he on the side of his Education Minister or is he going to bow to the incessant relentless demands of the far right of the Liberal Party and scrap the Safe Schools program?" he said. 

Mr Shorten has labelled the MPs and senators raising concerns as "the tin-foil hat brigade up in the Liberal right wing". 

"I'll tell you what, if it's a matter of trusting Mr Turnbull or Senator Bernardi or some of the others like Mr Christensen from Dawson, or the teachers of Australia, I would pick the teachers of Australia with the welfare of my kids," he said.

"The idea behind safe schools is that children who are grappling with their sexuality, who are dealing with the toughest issues teenagers can in terms of bullying, that Safe Schools would provide resources for schools to be able to help students." 

He stressed that schools did not have to use the Safe Schools program, given that it is voluntary. very few have opted out and the Victorian Premier has come out today to add further support for the program.

New twerp in the Senate

The Government has a new senator this week, ( Senator Patterson from Victoria from the far right wing Institute of Public Affairs) In his maiden speech he had these illinformed thought bubbles to share about education. Especially odd is his reference to the 'failed' Charter School 'experiment' in the US.

Mr Paterson's maiden speech will also propose radical changes to the national curriculum, which he rubbished as "biased and left-wing".

He said the education sector would be boosted by schools being allowed to "throw out the rule book and teach as they see fit".

Citing the Charter Schools movement in the United States, Mr Paterson said the "one-size fits all approach" to teaching was outdated and flexibility in setting class times could help close the "achievement gap".

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