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ACT teachers demand massive government secrecy and censorship to protect themselves from scrutiny

By johnboy - 15 July 2009 18

The ABC brings word of a push by the local education union to have the Government impose fines on any media outlet that has the temerity to take government information and compile it.

    Penny Gilmour from the Australian Education Union says she is still worried that newspapers could compile publicly available results and publish simplistic lists.

    “We want to make sure that the published data released to the community is the full picture and that nobody – regardless of where they’re from – the media or some other corner of our society, is able to take information and in effect skew it for their own purposes,” she said.

So in the AEU’s dream world any publisher, from blogger to News Limited, needs to send in their conclusions for pre-vetting before publication.

The implications for democracy in this country when any group of Government employees can push to have their work placed beyond scrutiny, on pain of criminal sanction, are terrifying.

Almost as scary is entrusting the education of children to “teachers” with so blinkered and self-serving agendas.

Fortunately Andrew Barr is, so far, resisting the calls for this new draconian censorship regime being proposed by teachers who should know better.

UPDATE: It’s been pointed out to me that Andrew Barr has recently spoken at length on the need for transparency from our schools.

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18 Responses to
ACT teachers demand massive government secrecy and censorship to protect themselves from scrutiny
neanderthalsis 2:03 pm 15 Jul 09

harvyk1 said :

muFasa said :

Most sane people acknowledge that you can’t believe everything in the papers.

Except for the daily tele readers who take in each word as gospal.

harvyk, you may notice that mufasa said sane people. Daily Terror readers don’t fall into that category.

harvyk1 1:13 pm 15 Jul 09

muFasa said :

Most sane people acknowledge that you can’t believe everything in the papers.

Except for the daily tele readers who take in each word as gospal.

Loose Brown 12:49 pm 15 Jul 09

Heh heh:

HEADMASTERS DROP MATHS AND ENGLISH IN RESPONSE TO LEAGUE TABLE PLAN
Students won’t leave if they can’t read how bad our teachers are says union.

I’m having fun!

nyssa76 12:48 pm 15 Jul 09

The whole thing is a load of shite.

I am not a member of the AEU and thus when they ‘strike’ (as they like to do) I will be at work still teaching.

League tables and paid performance have been done in the UK and US and fallen right on their arses.

I know several teachers on higher pay than my own who need to go back to uni and several on my own scale who should be paid more. It’s all based on who you know. There is no equity.

As for the ‘teachers who should know better’ JB, that is extremely judgmental and baseless. Let me reiterate that not all teachers agree with the AEU, whether union members or not. It is just ‘spin’ to get into the newpapers because the next EBA is up for negotiation.

muFasa 12:47 pm 15 Jul 09

At the base of it this just sounds like the Teachers Union want to take away freedom of speech…

Most sane people acknowledge that you can’t believe everything in the papers. Media outlets need to sell news, they are always going to take what they consider a ‘sexy’ story and beat it up in some way.

I also think that comparing this to Cabinet documents is a bit rich…

Loose Brown 12:45 pm 15 Jul 09

Or maybe:

TEACHERS DON’T TRUST MEDIA TO INTERPRET SCHOOL RANKING DATA
Local Headmaster: Hell, it was us who taught them literacy and statistics!

Thoroughly Smashed 12:36 pm 15 Jul 09

Bit of a false dichotomy with those poll questions don’t you think?

Loose Brown 12:33 pm 15 Jul 09

How about:

TEACHERS HALT PERFORMANCE PAY DISPUTE FOR NEW CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT PERFORMANCE PUBLISHING
Local Psychology teacher offers refresher course on resolving cognitive dissonace.

johnboy 12:05 pm 15 Jul 09

NiroZ said :

Seriously, considering how america and britian have have become ‘study only what is testable’ schools, I think we need the censorship.

After all, people censor suicide details for good reason, because it causes more suicides. Are you saying that we should uncensor that because it’s censorship?

Media outlets CHOOSE to censor suicide details. Sometimes they choose not to. That isn’t censorship.

Loose Brown 11:43 am 15 Jul 09

I’ve got a better headline:

TEACHERS CONTINUE TO RANK STUDENTS WHILST HYPOCRITICALLY DEMANDING GOVT INTERVENE IN LEAGUE TABLE PLAN
Local Ethics teacher offers refresher course to colleagues.

NiroZ 11:42 am 15 Jul 09

Seriously, considering how america and britian have have become ‘study only what is testable’ schools, I think we need the censorship.

After all, people censor suicide details for good reason, because it causes more suicides. Are you saying that we should uncensor that because it’s censorship?

GB 11:16 am 15 Jul 09

ACT BLOGGER DEMANDS ACCESS TO ALL-CAPS HEADLINES!

Tempestas 10:10 am 15 Jul 09

Johnboy are you looking for a job as a sub-editor for a News tabloid with that headline?

There is a serious issue underneath this, and that is no matter how carefully statistics are explained, media has a tendency to grossly oversimplify into “what is the best, what is the worst” reporting. Often when such claims are not even vaguely supported by the data provided.

Teacher scruitiny is a valid thing to want but tables of students results is not going to tell us much about the teachers and possibly a lot about the demographics of the student population.

League tables or anything like them won’t provide any of that insight.

Jim Jones 10:05 am 15 Jul 09

What an objective headline.

Is there even a point engaging in debate on this issue when the post is constructed in crude doublespeak?

housebound 10:02 am 15 Jul 09

When governments start releasing cabinet in confidence documents and actually implement open and tranparent government, then I’ll support the same right to information about average school exam results.

I’m sure those cabinet decisions affect me more than the average marks for some school that neither I nor any living or ever-to-be living relative will ever attend. So I must have a right to that information.

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