State of disgrace
MELBOURNE is not only one of the most graffitied cities in the world (every lamp post has been scrawled on), it’s one of the filthiest.
Roads, including freeways, are totally unkempt and filthy.
What are the councils doing with all the money they accept in rates? When was the last time you saw a street sweeper in action?
Melbourne has become an embarrassment.
Most liveable city in the world. What utter nonsense.
Joe Flinkier, South Melbourne
Teacher training poor
AS a retired teacher, I totally agree with the writer of “Teach how to teach” (YS, Nov 13).
When I trained, before universities took over, it was a three-year course (the Trained Infant Teachers Certificate) and we were actually trained how to teach. We had three placements a year, of one month each, which was the equivalent of nine months’ practical experience with trained teachers.
We were taught how to teach reading, writing and mathematics and everything in between.
Principals loved the teachers who had this qualification because they knew these teachers had the knowledge of how children learnt and how to teach them.
If governments are worrying about NAPLAN results and declining standards in schools, maybe they should look at different teacher training courses and get universities to devise more useful courses.
A person with any degree, even if it has nothing to do with any aspect of teaching, can now do one year of study and become qualified to teach.
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Compassion the key
LET’S be clear, “voluntary assisted dying” is not about a person choosing to die, but rather, a dying person choosing to be free of pain and suffering (of course under very strict guidelines). Compassion always.
Giovan Gandolfo, Ringwood
Support poppy sellers
IT is hard to think of anything more decent than war veterans selling poppies up to and on Remembrance Day.
As each year passes since so many unbelievably brave Australians made the supreme sacrifice, it could become easier for them to be forgotten. This must never, ever happen.
Surely the Boronia Shopping Centre management should be able to grasp this simple fact (heraldsun.com.au, Nov 13).
Further, I have never seen these poppy sellers urging anyone to buy a poppy in remembrance, they just make it possible for us to do so.
Marc Rafferty, Northcote
Italia has the blues
UNFORTUNATELY, a pattern I had previously recognised in World Cup qualification has been completed in an unexpected manner.
Italy had been on a 12-year cycle for World Cup final appearances.
In 1970, Italy lost to Brazil. In 1982, Italy won (against West Germany). In 1994 Italy again lost to Brazil. In 2006, Italy won (against France).
So I had been expecting a World Cup final appearance in 2018, albeit a possible loss.
But it turns out the Italians are not even going to be there next year.
Look further and Italy last failed to qualify in 1958 (12 years before 1970).
So it completes a 12-year cycle, beginning and ending with failures to qualify over 50 years.
Ironically in 1958, the World Cup was in Sweden and this year Italy has been bundled out by Sweden. The beauty of sporting stats ...
Frank Malara, Eaglemont