Private Schools – the more you pay, the less you get

3 12 2012

It seems that private schools not only leave you with less money in the bank, they leave you with less knowledge of homework given, less school days and less teacher-student teaching. So why do parents pay so much for private schooling and in return the computers do all the teaching?
“My children are getting somewhat of a good education. Technology is a helpful tool though technology alone is cold,” explained one parent in a recent interview. “I fail to see why private school students require more holidays then public school students.”
Why is it that private schools students have nine week terms and a free day at the beginning and end of every term? Private school parents pay for the education their children receive, but why is it that they have less schooling and never seem to do homework?
“I would like to be aware of the homework given to my children, rather than having to dig through layers of technology to find the assigned homework buried on the schools website,” explained the parent.
It seems that the more you pay, the slacker the schools become on providing the parents with information on the homework given. If you’re not paying for your children’s education, what are you paying for? The teacher’s salary? The buildings? The canteen food? Probably all of these. Although teachers may be giving homework, students don’t usually go home and say to their parents: I have homework for this subject, this subject and this is what I have to do. “Parents should be sent a notification or email when homework has been set for their child in a particular class, what it is and when it is due.” He could be right on the mark with this proposal, but would it help?
Technology is becoming a big part of today’s culture and school life, but is there a limit? Students are using technology for their social networking purposes, as well as for every class in school, and now at home for homework. So is there a time when it all becomes too much? It may be a bit old fashioned, but surely students would work much better with the care and teaching from actual teachers, rather than computer screens and the Internet.
By Karynn


Should teacher’s salary be dependent on the success of the students?

2 12 2012

Some people might say no. They could say that for any other profession the pay does not drop just because of a client’s welfare. This is protected by law. This is true but is their client a child that has their whole life ahead of them? A child that is not old enough to decide if they should be educated? A child that will one day rely on his school results in order to choose the right career for themselves?
People could say that it is not the teachers fault if a student does not want to learn. It is the opposite. It is entirely the teachers fault if the student acts up and does not get the results they can. A teacher should make the class fun and engaging for the students. They should have learnt how to deal with the age groups and be able to keep them focussed. It is their job. Teachers are not employed to stand up the front of a classroom and talk for an hour and fifteen minutes, or to hand out worksheets. Teachers are employed to teach their students and when a student does not get the results, the teacher obviously did not do their job properly. People put it on the students to give it their best and learn. This is rubbish because most children do not want to learn. They are forced to come to school most days; whereas teachers are not. Yes it is their job which they are required to attend; but it is also their job that they chose to do. They brought it on themselves. If they did not want to put in 100% they should have chosen a different career.
The Board of Education are already discussing the idea of teacher’s salaries being dependant on student’s results. 60% of parents are supporting the idea, saying, “We need to upgrade the quality of our educators. Dependant salaries will make them work harder.” The board is appalled at the lack of effort put in to help each individual student. We all have different ways of learning, some are visual and some learn by putting things into action. Teachers are failing to incorporate the different styles of learning into their lesson plans.
Teachers should also make an effort to relate to their students. Some say, “How can we? We are adults and they are children.” This is preposterous! It all comes down to their choice of job. A teacher MUST be able to relate to their students. They may be adults but they were kids once. Times have changed, teachers no longer should be these hard, strict educators, but should be compassionate mentors. Teacher’s salaries should be dependent on the success of the student because it will increase the quality of learning in youth.
By Anette

Should the watermelon be renamed?

2 12 2012

The watermelon; a large, round, pink fruit. Yes PINK fruit, yet its name is the WATERmelon. Water is clear, not orange or purple or PINK! This name, ‘watermelon’ gives a completely wrong perception of the fruit. People would imagine a clear fruit or even a blue fruit because of the colour of the sea. This is not what they get; they get a sphere with an outer shell of green and an inside of pink! Ridiculous! The colour of a fruit can very much determine if a person will buy or eat it.
Imagine walking around in a store one day – looking for some fruit to eat. You read the name, “Watermelon.” You think it sounds interesting. A clear fruit! You think, How odd – I might just buy it to experience eating a nearly invisible fruit! But little did you know when you arrived home, all excited to eat your invisible fruit; you slice it open and find that it is not clear. It was not clear at all! It was PINK! Can you imagine the disappointment you would feel?
Enough on colour, there are plenty of other reasons why the watermelon should be renamed. What about its taste? It’s full of sugar – completely different to water. Water is a plain taste, a taste you can’t even really taste. A taste that can in no way be even remotely related to that of the watermelon.
Why on earth was it named the watermelon in the first place? It’s juicy enough to be called a juice-melon, and sweet enough to be called a sweet-melon! So why a WATERmelon? The person who thought up the name must be very odd, thinking up a name so utterly different from the actual fruit! The watermelon should not have ever been called the watermelon.

By Anette

Australia’s Got Viewers?

26 11 2012

The public display of one’s talent is important in the process of becoming who you are. Competitive shows, which air right across the country give ordinary people a chance to improve their skills and talents while also coping with the ongoing pressure that comes with fame. It is a great way to start a career as it provides the contestant with experience and knowledge on how to deal with cameras and paparazzi as well as the many rumours that circulate around the media.
Statistics have shown that rising stars who begin on competitive shows are 27% less likely to suffer from stress and emotional issues as those who rose to fame on their own. Psychologist Ian Somers explains, ‘a star has to cope with many issues in their everyday life on their own which often come emotional and physical consequences. Through competitive TV shows, they are able to slowly progress through the rise of fame, gradually dealing with media and fan base while being guided by experienced mentors. This provides them with the experience and support they need to keep a stabilised mental health status. ’
Not only do shows like this benefit the people involved, they also provide a great source of inspiration for viewer’s right across the world. Master Chef has a diverse fan base, which includes young children who are inspired to learn how to cook and create. This skill is essential in life and learning at an early age with greatly enhance the child’s abilities as they progress through life. Shows like X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent also offer encouragement to the younger and even older generations, to strive for their goal because anything is possible.
Television shows have such a big impact on society so it is only right to be portraying a positive image and promoting self-confidence and belief. Both of these aspects are positively publicized through the use of reality and competitive television shows. From these shows come inspiring stories and positive people which allow the world to see the real them and understand real life struggles that come with growing up and living life. The Biggest Loser is a great example of a positive influence. It inspires and creates opportunities for everyday people to get into shape and improve their lifestyle. This has a good feel to it and is truly inspirational to all members of the public.
In a survey conducted by our researchers at The Shore shows that 79% of people prefer television competition shows to soap operas and other genres. When asked their reasons, the common response was simply that it was much more relatable. These types of programs promote real people and real talents instead of the usual dramatic scene that is common in television shows. Most of these programs are audience based, allowing viewers to state their opinion and have their say. This gives them a sense of power as they are able to express.
Competitive television shows have a clear impact on the audience and should continue to promote the use of real people and real talents for entertainment.

By Ella

The Culture of Winning

26 11 2012

Winning is great. There’s no doubt about that. The feeling of winning a final, or
scoring a goal is something that we all love. But why is winning so important?
Why should not we enjoy the game, not the result? As a keen footballer and
cricketer, I have felt the pain of losing and the ecstasy of winning. The recent
Olympics and the current Paralympics do show many variations on the
importance of winning.

For some athletes such as Lam Shin of South Korea, losing is
unbearable. She lost in a semi-final match but refused to leave because she felt
she controversially lost. Now I understand that the Olympics is one of the most
important times in an athletes life, but to spit the dummy and to act like a child
is not the way to go. On the other hand though, British Olympian Tom Daley
only came third in his specialist event and had disappointing results in the others.
Despite this he was clearly happy with his bronze medal and even jumped in the
pool with his team mates. That’s the way to behave is it not?

This win or die trying mentality is not only affecting adult Olympians, but is also
affecting the youth of today. Maybe it is because of what they see on TV or even
the influence they receive from their friends and parents. This leads to many
games where they are ruined by the attitude of the players. Foul play and foul
language have marred many games that I have played in which previously had
expectations of being a fun (but serious), game. Why do people turn angry when
things are not going their way? Why do they have to resort to acting like children
whilst using words that would be inappropriate for even adults? It is a question
that I ask myself after most games and an issue that will most likely grow worse.

Parents are not blameless either. Even though it is in good nature for a parent
to encourage their child to win or to give advice on what they are doing wrong,
this interference can influence a child to place so much importance on winning.
This is the major issue that I have. I like it when my dad congratulates me on
winning and I appreciate the advice that he gives me because I love sport. Now
I am not saying that my dad is not perfect and blameless, but he does not care
about me winning or scoring goals just whether I try my hardest for my team.

This may seem like a biased view but I believe that is how every parent should
act regarding sport.

It would be an uphill battle for me to attempt to change people’s perspectives
on sport, as I know that I am not perfect. Even though I like to think that I show
good sportsmanship and am humble in victory whilst being grateful in defeat I
know that sometimes I may do the wrong thing. But that is the nature of sport
and I personally believe it is wrong. This article is not to have a go at people and
blame people, just to make them think about their attitude and behaviour towards
the pursuit of success and the culture of winning. In the future this may create a
better sporting atmosphere where no matter what the score or the result, we can
all get along and have fun.

A Teachers Salary Related to Student Performance?

26 11 2012

We have all been taught before at school and outside the classroom. The
people that do this are known as teachers. Paid workers to help educate us.
Some can say that one’s academic achievement is at the fault of the teacher
and not the student, but others believe differently. This discussion has now
turned into something much larger and now schools are considering cutting or
increasing pay based on the achievement and results of their students.
A study by Michael J. Podgursky, professor of economics at Mizzou’s College
of Arts and Science, and Matthew G. Springer, research assistant professor
of public policy and education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, found that the
majority of student’s results improved when teachers were given financial incentives.
In the past few years a teacher has always been paid according to their years of experience and education level, but now on top of that they could have deductions or larger pay on top of what they are earning because of the level of success in their class. It may seem like this is irrelevant to us but it is really not! For public school teachers they are paid a salary out of the government’s budget every year, which is mainly made up of our taxes. So if the students go well and the teachers get more pay then guess who will have to pay for that?
That’s right, us.
“We want to reward great teaching so the individuals who are doing it
experience the benefits of those rewards so we can model what great
teaching is to the rest of the teaching workforce,” Ms. Gillard said.

The population of working Australians is 48%, all having different jobs and
qualifications. Every person should be doing his or her job properly, and not
needing ‘extra’ payment to ensure that they do it right! $1.25 billion dollars
is proposed to be spent in bonuses for teachers to try and improve the
Australian school standard and the large gap between wealthy and poorer students.

There had been mixed results in many other overseas countries like India,
Israel and Kenya. Many people say that there should be more testing done
before this policy is even considered to be released into our schools.

By Kaitlin

The mopey friend who needs to finds something else to do!

26 11 2012

Don’t you hate it when you come to school on a Monday morning and you sit
down on the bus next to your friend? You ask ‘So, how was you weekend?’
They slowly lift their head to make eye contact with you. They take a breath,
and out pours the whole of the world’s problems all over you. ‘I’m so tired, my
life is so hard, there’s so much work’, blah blah blah!
Finally after what feels like a good hour of complaining they pause, and stop
to ask. ‘Anyway, how was you weekend?’ All you can pretty much manage
to say is good, because you feel brain washed by all the negative things
that have been loaded into your head! Now I wonder why everyone HATES
What’s even worse than that is when they divert the conversation back to
them and ask you for advice. Are you kidding me! All I want to say is go find
something else to do! Go find something else to do than staying up late until
you cant keep your eyes open, and then plonking yourself in front of the TV
or computer for the majority of the day! I don’t care; all I wanted was a short
answer so I could just say hi. Not a description of your boringly negative day
Some times that gets me so mad that I just feel like getting up and leaving
and sitting next to the girl who would rather sit there and say nothing!
Even worse still is when you’re other friend get on the bus and asks ‘So, how
was your weekend?’ Great. Here we go again, and all you can do is slouch in
your chair and make your self-comfortable for the rest of the ride. Being the
good friend that you are you don’t say anything, and prepare to brace yourself
for another year of mopey Mondays.

By Kaitlin