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This Too Shall Pass

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:50 Comments comments (0)

Life is full of ups and downs. Over time life throws stuff at us that we may not have expected. Obstacles and unforeseen circumstances will occur but we must stay focused and always remember that this too shall pass. Things will go wrong, stuff will happen that is just called life my friends. But the most important thing is how you choose to deal with it. Will you allow situations and circumstances to guide you and pull you down or will you ride it out and rise above it with the unwavering be...

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See Yourself A Winner To Perform As A Winner

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:45 Comments comments (0)

In this blog allow me to unpack this quote by the late great Zig Ziglar. It makes a lot of sense when you take a minute to think about it. How can you be thinking you are not worthy or that you are a useless loser and be a winner. The mind is very powerful as is the self talk we feed ourselves with. As the famous proverb says: “As a man thinketh so he is”, but what does it all mean. I strongly believe we are all in control of our own destiny. If you think of something then there ...

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Justice For Young People

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:45 Comments comments (0)

This morning I was watching Sunrise on Channel 7 when a segment came on that asked the question “are our schools failing our young people?” I immediately thought “whose responsibility is it to educate young people on right from wrong. Is this really the responsibility of the school or should it be home grown?

 

When I was growing up in a single parent home on the Central Coast, my mother worked hard to keep a roof over my head. We all managed to keep o...

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Shock, Improve Depression

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:45 Comments comments (0)

Again another blog inspired by a report I saw on channel 7’s Sunrise program last week that claimed that shock therapy is still being used to cure depression. Is this a practice that is still widespread in Australia? – I immediately thought to myself. So I decided to investigate and the most recent case of shock therapy I found was in July 2015, only 8 months ago, when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation claimed that it could cure severe deep depression. This completely astoun...

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School Security, Should We Be Concerned?

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:40 Comments comments (0)

Recently there were reports of schools having to upgrade their security and phone systems in the wake of terror threats to schools across the country. This for me asked more questions than it answered. Are our children safe at school? not just from terrorism but from bullying and all sorts of social issues. What are our children being taught today? It was recently reported for example that teachers will now have to undergo Jihadi training to identify if there is a potential terrorist in their...

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The End Of Education As We Know It

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:40 Comments comments (0)

With the introduction of NAPLAN and Jihadi training in schools that I wrote about in a previous article it was no surprise to me to read in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 4th February that the Federal Government is considering plans to take over the education system from the states. Is this a good idea for the future of our young people and ultimately the future of our country? I think not.

 

Over the last 10 yrs VET-FEE HELP has risen from $200,000 to 1.8 million and...

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Change By Changing What Goes In

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:40 Comments comments (0)

This post is inspired by a quote by the late great Zig Ziglar who once said ” change you by changing what goes into your mind“. So I ask you, “what goes into your mind”. Is your day full of thoughts of hope for the future, of helping others less fortunate than you, or is your day full of thoughts about “what’s in it for me” ,”will I ever get out of this situation”, “How will I…..”, “I could never…..”. Ha...

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Transgender Issues, Whose Role Is It?

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 23:40 Comments comments (0)

In the Australian newspaper I recently read an article that claims, if Bill Shorten is elected as our next Prime Minister then the taxpayer will fund an $8 million program to teach children as young as 11 about transgender issues. Now I don’t know about you but from what I remember of my childhood I was far more concerned about studying to get the best education possible while having fun doing the things kids did when I grew up like riding bikes, swimming, playing with friends, and just...

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Lessons From Jaz, Kelly and Casius Clay

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 22:20 Comments comments (0)

This article is brought about after watching a segment on channel 7s Sunrise where it was revealed that rugby league great Luke Priddis’ son has been diagnosed with Autism. This was interesting to me because my niece a number of years ago was also diagnosed with a form of Autism I also know another public speaker who has a son with Autism and who is an avid advocate for inclusion of people with Autism, having created a school program called MATES to help children with autism to integrat...

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Education Today, Are We Doing Enough?

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 22:15 Comments comments (0)

Recently there have been reports around the idea of a major overhaul of the education system in Australia. Is this a good thing? What is wrong with our current system of education in Australia? I thought I would write this article as I was horrified to learn recently that the Queensland Teachers Union are of the strong opinion that there is no need to touch the current education system in Australia and how it is run.

 

A simple google search will easily find the current...

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Young Crime, How Young Is Too Young?

Posted on 8 November, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

Every day we hear about how our young people find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Only last week we saw in graphic detail a brawl that involved a large number of young people in Parramatta during peak hour as workers were just leaving work that resulted in at least 3 youths being arrested. Last month a youth was also charged over a stabbing in Sydneys South West. Then there was an incident not so long ago where a teenager from Parramatta mosque was shot as he approached Parramatta Po...

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Is Technology Ruining Our Future?

Posted on 8 November, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

Recently I attended the National Future Schools Expo in Sydney and was appalled but also amazed, in an excited way, at the future of education in Australia. I left this 2 day event convinced that we are producing a generation of technical nerds who have no clue about life or how to read and write. This conference was full of robotics and apps that are suppose to be helping our children to learn. But, are they really learning anything?

 

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Australia's Education Crisis

Posted on 8 November, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

When I look at the education system today compared to when I was at school some 20-30yrs ago, I become horrified and in the same breathe find it not at all surprising the state that this once great nation of Australia is in. What does surprise me though is that this does not seem to be a problem limited to Australia. An article I read recently pointed out the education crisis that currently exists in Philadelphia in the USA. According to this article the education crisis in Philadelphia is di...

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Are We Putting Too Much Pressure On Our Young People

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 23:55 Comments comments (0)

When I was growing up we had a assignments to do for homework that we were given weeks to complete. On weekends we played together and rode our bikes in the street and everyone knew everyone. What has happened to our education system that children as young as 3 and 4 are being taught how to speak fluent chinese and even taking students to China for robotics expos and competitions. How is this teaching our kids vital skills required to survive in the real world? We are even “teachingR...

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STEM - The New Way Of Teaching

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 23:50 Comments comments (0)

STEM is a system that is used in our education system worldwide which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Wikipedia describes it as a term used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools designed to improve the competitiveness in science and technology development. Supposedly more beneficial to students this new way of teaching, comparative to when I was at school in the 80’s, has I believe resulted in a nation of unemployable, low self esteeme...

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Socio Economic Effects On our Future

Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 23:20 Comments comments (0)

Recently I was shocked to read an article that estimated that teachers are spending, on average, about $1,300 per year on meals for students who are sent to school without food, often also without having had breakfast and this is in Australia, the so called lucky country.

I find this totally unacceptable in a country like Australia that a parent can not afford feed their own child. Or is it really as simple as that? Is that really the only issue here? Or is it something far greater and ...

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Classrooms, Are They Relevant In A Technology World

Posted on 14 June, 2016 at 0:20 Comments comments (0)

In today’s world where we are starting to recognise such a diversity in learning styles and a need to prepare students for the real world we are starting to see a shift towards a more remote internet based classroom environment. But is this really a wise idea and the best environment for our children to be learning in?

It has been proven that technology and remote learning leads to happier healthier classrooms. The internet has allowed students to access up to date information mea...

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