State of dis­grace

Herald Sun - - OPINION -

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.

Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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

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