The heat’s on Access Ministries – at last

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It seems that Access Ministries is now firmly in the limelight, having been in lead stories on the TV news and several high profile reports in the Age, of which this is one. The Age article also features a radio interview with Bishop Stephen Hales of Access Ministries, which is quite revealing. Read the rest of this entry »


More cause for concern regarding Access Ministries

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This latest revelation over the tactics of Access Ministries does nothing to allay fears discussed in earlier posts. Here is an excerpt from the offending cartoon. Mike Stuchbery has written a great article here from the point of view of a teacher in the Victorian system.

Despite their protestations that they are not proselytising, there can be no denying it once you look at the full cartoon, which you can find here.

Not only is that a concern, but their distinct lack of judgement and compassion regarding a very serious issue for school children (I’m referring to bullying), only serves to demonstrate in which direction their priorities lie. And it’s not in developing well-balanced young adults; rather, they seem bent on mass-producing gospel-reciting robots.

I ask again: why is it that fundamentalist religious types are the least ‘christian’ people in our society?

Bogus therapies being taught in universities

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Following all the nonsense on religion in primary schools, this next issue just adds to my current disillusionment with the state of education here, and elsewhere.

Back in the day, our unis were seen to be of a very high standard compared to those overseas. Certainly the qualifications were well-regarded, and we scoffed at the 3-yr engineering degrees available in the US – after all, 4 years was barely enough to scratch the surface.

And don’t get me started on the fact that our education was essentially free for all comers – in my opinion the mark of a truly civilised society.

But now, we see a descent into crass commercialisation – basically, let’s teach them whatever they will pay for.

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Tim Hawkes – What are you on?

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I’m not asking your salary Tim – I’m asking what hallucinogen you’ve been taking.

SURELY you’ve been misquoted in this article.

If the article has quoted you accurately, you have a breath-taking gall, and seemingly no embarrassment.

Not content with already getting more than your fair share, faced with prospect of an equitable distribution of government education funding, you are seeking other ways to keep your staff dining room facilities from being cut back, or say, a halving in the number of football fields.

While I have tried to stay away from general politics in this blog, there is so much irrational thought and pure fantasy in your proposal that I could not let it pass.

Really? Tax wealthier parents to keep you in the style to which you’ve become accustomed? This is not a reality-based position by any stretch.

Not only are those parents already subsidising your grandiose vision and lifestyle, but they are subsidising your religious agenda too. Now you want more.

Lest you question my motives, I no longer have kids at school, and do not object to the wealthier citizens paying more for public services. I simply object to the additional funds going to your little fantasy. To be wanting more of this social pie in this way is just sheer greed, and presents a poor role model for your students. You should be teaching them (by example) the principles of social equity and fair play, not how to make sure they get what they want whatever the means.

In your own manifesto ‘The failure of schools to educate‘, you lament the failure of the system to teach some basic skills, with No. 6 in your list being the ‘The ability to manage financial matters‘. You cite potential problems such as ‘Persistently living beyond their means, over relying on parental assistance…‘ . Apart from the questionable grammar, does the irony of this not strike you? Is not your school, by expecting handouts from the taxpayers, persistently living beyond their means and relying on ‘parental’ assistance?

I can only hope this was a little joke cooked up at the King’s executive staff dining room, between apperitifs and entrees, over which you are now chuckling.

If not, then those tax dollars propping you up and churning out Tim Hawkes clones, are not only being wasted, they are actively damaging society.