Zoning encourages class level approaches, to advantage or disadvantage schools, …

Comment on Zoning: Racial segregation can start in primary school by Paul Parker.

Zoning encourages class level approaches, to advantage or disadvantage schools, rewarding wealth as a filter on education. The wealthy are able afford to do better, disadvantaging those who cannot.
David Gonski’s recent report promotes a move to individual learning paths for all students.
This will assist many Australian students who fail to reach their potential at school.
That is changing focus from year-level progression, to school focus, so each student advances towards their maximum potential advance in learning each year.
Gonski with Turnbull Government support expects teachers to use the online assessment tool to diagnose accurately levels of literacy, numeracy, and subject knowledge, each student actually achieves.
They expect all of them to advance.
This even more important where students start with reduced oral and written English competence.
Our focus on education needs be continuous, real-time measurement of each student’s individual achievement, with support where they fail to progress, to ensure each progresses from their own efforts.
Schools need to prepare us all for ongoing learning. Education does not end when we leave school.
The NAPLAN tailored online test will present different questions for each student, questions determined by answers they provide. This is disruptive, reduces benefit from rote learning test questions to raise average school scores.
Our focus shifts to actual student understanding controlling their progress.
Education shifts from the class focus, to each individuals progress focus.
Improved internet access is required.
Which, if any, NT schools currently lack required internet access?
To improve internet access for individual schools, the NT needs address improved internet access to all NT communities, for students, their families, and so all those who left school can continue to interact, participate and learn.

Recent Comments by Paul Parker

Independents now ineffective?
To suggest a potential candidate is “no longer allowable to run as a party associated independent” appears breach principles of democracy in elections.
Such restricting claims upon candidates and elected representatives need be resolved by the High Court.
Candidates stand as natural persons, chosen by voters where they stand for election.
Why each candidate obtains voter preferences is a matter for each voter to decide.
Individual candidates when elected retain right to change their mind, their political affiliations, whenever they wish.
Elected members are judged by their voters at each election, not by others they may or may not be associate with.


If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?
The ‘ABC’ acronym apparently stands for Apartheid Building Corporation, reflecting its long term support and promotion of racial separatism with inequality of opportunity.
Most understand is hard to eat your cake and keep it.
Not hearing of plans to close California’s Yosemite National Park, at least 10 deaths this year, two last Wednesday from a popular lookout being investigated.


Snooping bureaucrats, clinics for Aborigines only
The Commonwealth continues its support, promotion and practice of apartheid, exercising racial discrimination upon Australians.
The Commonwealth claims its racial segregation of my family is to help us.


Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution
Re: Strikey, posted October 13, 2018 at 11:36 pm.
“When you have a 40,000 year old culture of sharing everything, then it perfectly acceptable for 10 mates to chip in fifty bucks each to buy a bottle of rum!”
Culture is not fixed.
Culture is about acceptable behavior, sharing is part of every culture.
Each culture applies measures which reflect their environment, each adapts to suit their environment, their physical and social survival.
Culture is slow to change, yet each culture experiences ongoing change, ongoing adaptation.
Failing to recognize, to understand, limitations and changes within each cultural group demonstrates ignorance or disrespect.
Every generation re-writes what is culturally acceptable to them.


Council shoots Anzac precinct gallery down in flames
I congratulate the councillors for their demonstrated commitment to principles, to what is best for their community, and with support from the community.
With inadequate public information, such rejection is the best decision for government.
Good government for good decisions requires full, open, lengthy and public discussions of issues long before decisions to be made.
For far too long various NT governments have regularly demonstrated their lack of this ability.
Voters in the NT need ensure each MLA understands clearly they are elected, or rejected, by their electorate, not their party.


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