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Super School Rant

By somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn - 16 April 2009 26

As a former student (graduate) from one of the primitive predecessors of the so-called Super School concept, I am ready to speak out about the priorities and spending from these schools.

At A***** School, year 3-10 students share the same grounds, with no privacy from each other, the seniors (9/10’s) sharing classes with many year 8’s, who have no idea of what respect is, and then they allow students, who are failing, and teachers, who can call parents for wearing the wrong colour/material of pants, yet can’t provide support for bullied students. No advanced science classes – let alone ones that last for any more than a semester, yet there are 4 home economics, and 6 P.E. classes.

Then there is the spending. What would students do with a big-screen plasma TV the science preparation room wall when the gas taps are broken (probably by year 8s), why would smartboards be needed for Kindy classes when there is no books in the lavish, air conditioned library, for seniors. And where’s that gifted and talented program that they promised?

No wonder the parents of gifted students are sending their children to private schools, or one of the more established public schools.

I have written to Mr. Barr about selective schools, but he says it would be too hard, even though areas can probably be amalgamated and one school from each side of the city could be converted to selective. For example, Lyneham and Campbell High Schools could merge their areas, one of them only taking students who recieve higher than a certain percentage on a test. He does say that there will be more spending on gifted and talented programs, but in some of these schools, this will only amount to another Mercedes-Benz for the principal and another 5 plasma screens and coffee machines for each staff study.

Thank you for reading.

Support your child’s/childrens’ future by sending them to a decent local school, public or private.

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26 Responses to
Super School Rant
BerraBoy68 11:27 am 16 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

… unless you want the smart ones to really excel, by being in competition with smarter peers.

Oh, and I take your point about being a knob. I tend to call myself rude, arrogant and opinionated, but knob works as well… 😉

I take you point, but competition typically works well for the winner and not always the loser. As for choosing schools, we tried to be picky and listened to advice. It’s interesting to note the number of kids being taken out of a nearby Gov’t school and put into our kids school this year. I don’t want to embarrass anybody so Ii won’t name the schools involved but the entire atmosphere of the place our kids go to is fantastic and they really encourage individual attention to each student and parental participation in class.

And thanks for taking my ‘knob’ comment the way it was intended, not as an insult just an observation on your tone (sometimes..). I usually enjoy your posts.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:05 am 16 Apr 09

Oh, and it sounds like your kids are at a very good school. Believe me, they aren’t all like this!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:04 am 16 Apr 09

… unless you want the smart ones to really excel, by being in competition with smarter peers.

Oh, and I take your point about being a knob. I tend to call myself rude, arrogant and opinionated, but knob works as well… 😉

BerraBoy68 10:37 am 16 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Wouldn’t this make the kids in the school that keeps the lower scoring students feel very inferior? This is fraught with danger. After all, who would want to teach there? What self-respect would the kids have? etc. Nice way to create the next underclass.

Oh boo freakin hoo. Welcome to life.

How about giving the smarter kids an opportunity to actually learn and excel, rather than be stuck with the mediocre norm?

Sometimes VY your arguments are sullied simply by being coming across as a knob. Good schools should help kids who exhibit above average learning skills and they do this by taking the parents aside and recommending additional programs, giving additional homework, pushgin the kids that little bit harder in class etc. It’s a novel concept called treating each kid as an individual. Luckily my kids are getting such treatment but I also know of kids in the same classes as my kids who aren’t so ‘academically inclined’ but who are still getting individual, tailored, assistance from the teacher and the school. In short each kids is being taught in accordance with their own abilities and no-one is holding anybody back. By keeping all kids together in the same school the kids get to play together and even learn about diversity and tolerance while doing so.

Permenantly segregating them along the lines of smart and stupid for the rest of their schooling isn’t the way to go.

Feathergirl 10:16 am 16 Apr 09

I agree with you that young children should definately have their own spaces and not have to witness some of the grief older kids or teenagers go through – or cause themselves. The little ones should be able to stay young and innocent instead of having to watch 10th graders having a bong at the basketball courts at lunch time… Also teens should be allowed to be all emo and hormone infused without having little tackers at their disco nights of passion.

Unfortunatley it looks like McMegaSkools is the future for many students in the ACT for a while yet.

Isn’t it funny how in the ‘old days’, when our grandparents went to school, everyone was in the same classroom then, all ages together. And one 17 year old teacher fresh from a single year at Uni to control all of them. This scenario happened in the country anyway (my great-nan was a teacher). Then we moved towards seperating and supporting the different age groups. Now it’s back to stick them all together again. I’m sure in another generation they’ll be all seperated again and so on. In the future I can imagine my kids saying to their great-grandkids, “when I was young we all had all ages in one school” and the great-grand-kiddies gasping in horror.

K rant over.

amarooresident2 10:15 am 16 Apr 09

peterh said :

BerraBoy68 said :

“Lyneham and Campbell High Schools could merge their areas, one of them only taking students who recieve higher than a certain percentage on a test.”

Wouldn’t this make the kids in the school that keeps the lower scoring students feel very inferior? This is fraught with danger. After all, who would want to teach there? What self-respect would the kids have? etc.

Nice way to create the next underclass.

a school for the gifted… and one for the underclass. now there is a way to look toward 2020.

when the kambah school is built, there will be 6,000 kids, of all ages in one school. Love to know where the figures come from, considering that the birth rate for kambah alone is twice that for 2005.

There were 12,000 kids born in Kambah?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:03 am 16 Apr 09

Wouldn’t this make the kids in the school that keeps the lower scoring students feel very inferior? This is fraught with danger. After all, who would want to teach there? What self-respect would the kids have? etc. Nice way to create the next underclass.

Oh boo freakin hoo. Welcome to life.

How about giving the smarter kids an opportunity to actually learn and excel, rather than be stuck with the mediocre norm?

BerraBoy68 10:03 am 16 Apr 09

peterh said :

when the kambah school is built, there will be 6,000 kids, of all ages in one school. Love to know where the figures come from, considering that the birth rate for kambah alone is twice that for 2005.

Mmmm, the birth rate in Kambah is ‘twice’ the expected figure?! Clearly the families that have twins are to blame;)

peterh 9:57 am 16 Apr 09

BerraBoy68 said :

“Lyneham and Campbell High Schools could merge their areas, one of them only taking students who recieve higher than a certain percentage on a test.”

Wouldn’t this make the kids in the school that keeps the lower scoring students feel very inferior? This is fraught with danger. After all, who would want to teach there? What self-respect would the kids have? etc.

Nice way to create the next underclass.

a school for the gifted… and one for the underclass. now there is a way to look toward 2020.

when the kambah school is built, there will be 6,000 kids, of all ages in one school. Love to know where the figures come from, considering that the birth rate for kambah alone is twice that for 2005.

johnboy 9:53 am 16 Apr 09

Let’s play the ball and not the man people.

Danman 9:50 am 16 Apr 09

in your example all the poor kids would end up at Lyneham High giving headjobs for crack.

Man…. Now you tell me all these years I could have been paid in crack.

BerraBoy68 9:31 am 16 Apr 09

“Lyneham and Campbell High Schools could merge their areas, one of them only taking students who recieve higher than a certain percentage on a test.”

Wouldn’t this make the kids in the school that keeps the lower scoring students feel very inferior? This is fraught with danger. After all, who would want to teach there? What self-respect would the kids have? etc. Nice way to create the next underclass.

farq 9:21 am 16 Apr 09

+1

Totally agree.

Check out the tiny little grass area the kids get at the new super school at kippax, more carpark than playground.

Stupid idea.

trickster 9:19 am 16 Apr 09

Get over it, no one cares that you were bullied in year 8. Also Canberra is too small for selective schools, in your example all the poor kids would end up at Lyneham High giving headjobs for crack.

grunge_hippy 9:17 am 16 Apr 09

you’re an idiot. Your argument started well, but then fell flat on its face when you started talking about mercedes for principals and plasma screens. No idea.

actually, perhaps your argument DID work. You failed to say anything worthy, proving that Amaroo didnt teach you how to form a valid argument.

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