This is crazy. Serial killer crazy.

Dexter would like to live in Geelong

A Geelong school has been slammed for giving students a bizarre serial killer assignment, where tasks included ‘create a serial killer board game’ and ‘write a rap about serial killers’.

Read the letter here.

What’s crazy in your worlds today?

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  • stephen says:

    06:59pm | 04/12/12

    In New Zealand, they’ve taught a dog to drive a car. May that hound like to impart a lesson the lawn-bowlers, here ? (I don’t mind the elderley, but only when their laneway is lawned. Not ... good ... drivers, and when I see such a white hat in a… Read more »

  • sunny says:

    06:08pm | 04/12/12

    Nah one step closer to being king (that’s Wills on the wall behind him). Everyone underestimated his ambition (hell, even he underestimated it until he read Hamlet) Read more »


I don’t think I’m old-fashioned, but I was quite saddened to see that an Adelaide high school had hawked its entire library collection - 10,000 books - to charity.

It just doesn't smell the same in here. Picture: Kelly Barnes, The Australian

It decided so few students were now borrowing books that it would prefer to ditch the whole collection than bother with its upkeep. Good get for the charity, but I think the students have been ripped off.

Sure, it makes sense to get rid of the texts books that have been moulding on high shelves for decades, or are so outdated that they still have maps of the Soviet Union - but Every Single Book? Even the non-fiction, take-home novels?

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  • stephen says:

    11:16pm | 31/05/12

    Yes, Dr. Renoir, there is something to that ‘new Erick’ suggestion. Similarities abound. Read more »

  • sophie says:

    09:57pm | 31/05/12

    Actually in South Korea ( where I currently live) whilst a lot of things have been digitalised, my building still uses paper parking tickets and books, paper books, are still extremely popular. the difference is, books in korea are much cheaper than in australia. (on a side note, our publishing… Read more »


The Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek, in the Road to Serfdom, warns against centralised planning and control. He also warns of the conceit evidenced by bureaucrats and politicians that they can regulate and manage the myriad, complex relationships and transactions underpinning an open and free society.

Trust these guys with your education? Don't.

One doubts whether Minister Garrett or the educrats responsible for the draft Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework have ever read Hayek’s book – if they had, they would realise how dangerous and counter-productive it is.

The teacher performance framework, released last week, represents the most recent milestone in the Rudd/Gillard education revolution and the mania the Commonwealth Government has to micromanage schools. Even though Canberra neither owns any schools nor employs any staff, all roads lead to Canberra.

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  • PhilD says:

    10:44pm | 02/05/12

    @acotrel   “The taxpayer is footing the bill, so the government calls the shots!” All the more reason for the taxpayers to get rid of this discredited government. Read more »

  • Katie says:

    04:31pm | 02/05/12

    This is why I will never vote Labor.  Socialism always, however good intentioned it may be, always ends up as a prison for the disadvantaged.  How can a beaurocrat in Canberra possibly know what is best for EVERY school in Australia?, With the vast differences in socio-economic, geographic and cultural… Read more »


If you had to rank the most important professions, teaching would be right up the top of the list. There is something noble about entering a profession which offers comparatively low rates for so vital a service as preparing children for a productive working life and a rounded social and intellectual life.

Cough up…More from Jon at www.kudelka.com.au

The teachers who most impress me are those who choose to work in the toughest public schools, where the idealised view of teaching spelled out above jars with the reality that “teaching” probably feels more like child-minding, with dysfunctional parenting and the absence of male role models in the family home leaving classrooms looking more like crèches for young adults who still act like little kids.

I was talking to a mate this week who also attended a fairly standard public school. She was saying that she can’t remember too many bad teachers from her school days, but will always remember the many excellent teachers she had. It’s an assessment which gels with my experience at a state school, where so many teachers went the extra yard, often outside of school hours, not just for kids who wanted to learn but also for those who did not.

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  • icons downloads says:

    10:55am | 09/10/12

    Yes, really. It was and with me. Let’s discuss this question. Read more »

  • xar says:

    04:20pm | 30/04/12

    teaching is not like other professions where you are churning out a set product - these are individual kids and that does have an impact. Any move to base on performance needs to be better than those previously suggested which were rejected not out of spite, but because they had… Read more »


Her name was Honey and she came to live with my family for a few weeks in 1979. I was enchanted by her exotic name, the swing of silken hair down her back. She was the big sister I’d always wanted.

Showing baby how to empathise with planes. Picture: Thinkstock

My brothers and I had plenty of add-on siblings over the years. Joanne, who stayed for several months; the three-week-old baby whose mother attempted suicide. Mum never explained why or how they came. Instead, she set to baking double batches of biscuits and reloading the washing machine. Taking in foster kids was our normal.

Years later, my mum still works as a special needs teacher. It’s seen her bitten, punched and a victim of theft. But she’s also been held, hugged and relied upon by families whose challenging days bleed into exhausting nights. Parents and former students stop her in the street, all bearing the legacy of her kindness.

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  • year of the dragon says:

    03:13pm | 12/03/12

    marley says: 02:34pm | 12/03/12 “In the end, Gandhi freed a nation and his influence and ideals still fuel at least a part of what that nation has become.  And he has influenced a great many peaceful forms of protest over the 60 odd years since his death.  I doubt… Read more »

  • marley says:

    01:34pm | 12/03/12

    @Dragon - well, that just goes to show there’s no single quantitative measure of success, doesn’t it?  If you think money is the best measure, then the Bill Gates and Warren Buffetts will appeal;  if power, the Putins, the Obamas, the Kims and even the Mugabes;  if sports, the Nadals… Read more »


There were six of us and we were around 10 years old. We had come together for Alice’s birthday and pretty much left to our own devices. 

Kids today can watch this then Google porn. Picture: ABC

It was Alice’s idea to go to their attic. Attics were something the Secret Seven might explore - they did not exist in the houses I frequented. So Alice had already scored points with this plan. Little did I know the experiential gold that awaited.

Safely up the ladder, we clustered around her to see the reason for our ascent. There, in several old filing boxes, was at least a decade’s worth of Playboy, carefully stored away by Alice’s taciturn father.

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  • Hunter says:

    10:01am | 14/10/11

    This article is a bit of alugh - mainly becuase I don’t see how anyone could get any kind of sex education from Playboy. If you know your mags you’ll know that Playboy is by far the tamest of them all - there’s never couples pictorials and the woman are… Read more »

  • Thommo says:

    10:15am | 12/10/11

    Here’s the list of sites you need to add to Net Nanny: Redtube Cliphunter orsm pichunter youporn porntube xvideo sexstream that’s the main freebie vid sites Read more »


It’s Dominique Goode’s first day of school. She’s wearing a pretty fuchsia dress and her brown hair is in a bun decorated with a sparkly butterfly clip. She walks into her kindergarten class with twenty six new students, one line of boys and one line of girls. Inside, Dominique puts on a bright orange name tag.

Miss Goode on her first day as a teacher. Photos: Kitty Beale, Catholic Education Office.

“Hands up if you can see Miss Goode’s name tag around her neck?” she asks the children who sit cross legged on the floor before her. All the hands shoot up.

Today is Miss Goode’s first day as a teacher as well as her students’ first day of formal education. She graduated from university last year and this is day one at Sacred Heart Primary School in Villawood in Sydney’s West.

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  • bags says:

    08:28am | 12/06/12

    Good post. I be taught one thing more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It should at all times be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and follow a bit of one thing from their store. I’ll want to make use of some with the content material on… Read more »

  • 6clegs says:

    11:30pm | 14/02/10

    Enjoyed the story. but i look at Ms Goode, and i can’t help but think about the poor sods who drew the short straws and have to deal with the tribe of unruly brat-children that live next door to me? I certainly hope [for new teachers across Tassie] that the… Read more »


In the mid 1990s the teachers credit union Satisfac came up with a kindly and seemingly innocent idea to celebrate the excellent work of its teacher members.

We're all winners: John Tiedemann's illustration in The Daily Telegraph.

The credit union, which historically had served teachers but like many other institutions now has a wide customer base, decided that to recognise the role of the teaching profession in its own development it would establish an annual awards event called The Best Teacher Awards.

But when the awards were initially proposed the reaction from the teachers union was one of outrage and dismay. Satisfac was told in no uncertain terms to shelve the idea, with the union arguing it was the height of impertinence for a credit union – or anyone else for that matter – to declare that some teachers were better than others.

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  • angryteacher says:

    08:20am | 12/02/10

    Without the time to read every comment, the idea of performance based pay for teachers will not work for one simple reason: no two schools, no two classes, no two students are exactly alike. How could the performance of a Year 1 teacher in a leafy inner city suburban primary… Read more »

  • Jolanda says:

    11:56am | 04/02/10

    Greg the keeping of my kids down was by the Selective Schools Unit (SSU) not by individual schools.  The SSU tampered with their test marks and school applications in order to discredit them and me (as I was making public complaints to the media and the Minister) about the neglect… Read more »


The release of My School data as part of the Rudd Government’s ‘Education Revolution’ begs the question about a key issue in improving classroom performance – teacher standards and school-based professional culture.

Eric Lobbecke in The Daily Telegraph.

We should pay teachers more and be seeking to attract more of our best young people into teaching. But we also need to address what is usually un-discussable industrially: poorly performing and unprofessional teachers in some schools.

When the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, reviews the data on classroom performance, more funding should not be the only response to target underperforming schools. Helping Principals shape high performance professional school culture will be just as important.

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  • mia says:

    11:23am | 21/03/12

    I believe teachers should be held accountable as they owe a duty of care to the students by teaching them what is right i have removed by children from a local school due to a teacher physically pinching my son on the back and when i spoke to the NSW… Read more »

  • deb says:

    10:46am | 23/06/11

    First of all, I think that anyone who seeks teaching as a career should be held accountable for the students’ progress.  There are many great teachers in the schools, but there are also many teachers in schools for the wrong reasons.  There should be high expectations of teachers regardless of… Read more »


Great news today with Australian born molecular biologist Professor Elizabeth Blackburn being awarded the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine.

Professor Blackburn with the lab stuff

Professor Blackburn becomes the first ever Australian woman to be awarded the prize in any category and the 36th woman ever out of 789 individuals to win the award.

Like most Australians I had never heard of Blackburn or her amazing research before today, but it now appears we are in clambering with America to claim her as one of our own.

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  • Amused says:

    09:29am | 07/10/09

    The other side of the coin as far as the “brain drain” is concerned is that a lot of people with talent just don’t consider a research career. Why would you? You choose the hard science route, you’ve got four years undergraduate, three years PhD (at least) and then a… Read more »

  • Dr G says:

    01:50am | 07/10/09

    Dr M, Agree completely. I made the move to England 5.5 years ago as the only R&D opportunities available to me was in mining (not my interest),  academia (lower salaries), or to move to the US or the UK. Granted, I work in a sector that doesn’t reward its people… Read more »


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