Two-edged sword

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

UNISA’s Pro­fes­sor Alan Reid is right to point out the dan­gers in the Gon­ski blue­print to over­haul our na­tion’s schools ( The Ad­ver­tiser, 2/6/18). The Gon­ski ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion is turn­ing out to be a mixed bless­ing in­deed.

Gon­ski got it right on needs-based fund­ing for schools. But his in­di­vid­u­alised learn­ing idea is a dou­ble-edged sword. As a broad ideal it’s fine. But con­ceived and ap­plied robot­i­cally, as Prof Reid in­di­cates, would have strong neg­a­tive ef­fects on learn­ing and teach­ing in our schools and we must re­think that ap­proach ac­cord­ingly. NAME AND AD­DRESS

SUP­PLIED. sors world­wide and high­est achiev­ing stu­dents in­ter­na­tion­ally.

This De­part­ment only be­lieved ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions must have a big cam­pus and plenty of staff on cam­pus and did not know what tech­nol­ogy could do in ed­u­ca­tion – this while Bill Gates had al­ready em­pha­sised that stu­dents in many dis­ci­plines could learn more through on­line than uni­ver­si­ties.

With the new State Govern­ment, I sin­cerely hope they will give this De­part­ment, which is a cen­tury be­hind the times, the big­gest shake-up.

(Prof) GRIER LIN, Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute, Happy

Val­ley. com­mit­ment to scrap­ping this un­nec­es­sary and dan­ger­ous pro­gram. As stated in the ar­ti­cle, what is needed is an “ev­i­dence-based com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to tackle bul­ly­ing”, not push­ing gen­der the­ory on to our chil­dren, which is all Safe Schools was re­ally about. DAVID HUTCHI­SON,


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