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- garry on Students told to take off Poppy Sack the teacher for imparting there own views on the children. How disgustingly disrespectful of our fallen fathers.I could ... more
- Tess on 'It can happen to anyone' I year it was NOT AN ACCIDENT IT WAS A DELIBERATE ONCE SHE CHOSE TO DRIVE ....... and she gets congratulated and rewarded ... more
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- Graeme Porter on 'It can happen to anyone' Could somebody look at these wire traffic barriers that are being installed everywhere. On the South Gippsland Highway the ... more
- marypenny on 'It can happen to anyone' yea yea yea!allthese rogue booze filled drivers are having a revival and are all successful whatever.Yea we can do it! ... more
- Sean Murphy on Students told to take off Poppy Last time I looked a poppy was not a religious item nor was a bracelet. Where did this teacher get the idea that Remembrance ... more
- Rachel on 'It can happen to anyone' This is a brilliant campaign. Amanda is making such a statement in sharing this story.I frequently attend functions and then ... more
- Gloria on Students told to take off Poppy I am an RSL Poppy Seller and I find this story incredible.What is this teachers background? more
- Irish on Students told to take off Poppy Disgraceful! I hope the principal doesn't take the side of the teacher concerned but as usual the minority win don't they? more
- johnson on Students told to take off Poppy who's...Poppy's...hmmm...looks like the ten year old is not the only one in need of schooling more
- PatQuickCrazy on Students told to take off Poppy Seriously, who are we catering for here?? This is outrageous! Sack the teacher I say! more
- Kate on Students told to take off Poppy So should the teacher now ignore all of the school policies just in case a parent decides their child should be an exception ... more
- Daniel on Students told to take off Poppy So there is a kid wearing a piece of jewellery which he shouldn't be wearing and a teacher confiscates it ... Fair and ... more
- Carl Thompson on Students told to take off Poppy If one of my children was at that school the teacher would get a crowbar around the ears. I hope that there is a patriot ... more
- Dave on Students told to take off Poppy What was the teachers nationality.????It could explain a bit. more
- Eejay 68 on Students told to take off Poppy How unaustralian of this teacher. The wearing of poppies/badges should be encouraged in schools for the week of the event. more
- Vicki simpson on Students told to take off Poppy I've had kids going there for the last 17 year the school has always sold Anzac badges and have sold Poppy's as well the ... more
- Peggy on 'These women have shaken us up' Why should any murder be considered average? The victim is still dead and the impact on the family is just as great so why ... more
- Gloria on Breakfast clubs for schools And how do they determine whether the children are disadvantaged or the parents just plain lazy. more
- Susie on Breakfast clubs for schools Parents get money from Centrelink to do this yet they spend elsewhere. School breakfast program started here years ago when ... more
More deaths on our roads, we can't let this stand
Sadly and tragically, is this the way the world must work?
Yesterday morning a cab driver called me in frustration. He’d been first at the scene of two fatal crashes in a week. He’d had enough.
We started talking and working through ideas. How do you get the message through to kids? How do you get the message to young drivers?
As we were doing that, a Court was jailing a young man – an unlicence driver – over the death of an 18-year-old girl called Georgie Thring.
It was the same story: a day of boozing, young drivers, stupidity, and an innocent young girl dead.
Her father was yesterday talking about the pain and the waste, trying to send a warning, and then a few hours later three teenagers are dead out at Coolaroo.
Speeding? Unlicenced? Who knows.
Three dead, more injured within hours of this court case. It is tragic stuff and we have to look for answers.
Again, we can’t let this stand.
I believe driver education in schools would help our young people.
I have experience (sadly as a kinship carer) of the difficulties and challenges that many of our young people face now.
More and more I believe that the Year 9 curriculum should not have an academic focus, but rather, it should be a year where life and social skills are developed in our young people.
There is evidence that the brain development in 14-15 year olds is significanlty effected by the "pubetic" (my word!) development, and as such, their capacity to learn in an ordered and structured manner is compromised. If this is the case, then why do we insist that they spend this time in an ordered and structured environment??
Instead, why do we not have them in an open and freer learning environment that focusses more on life, living, surviving and social skills than on academia?? such as:
> Driver's education (Ability, defensive driving, speed, drugs &/or alcohol implications, etc)?
> Drug and Alcohol education?
> Exposure to the Alfred Hospital's 'trauma program'?
> Cyber safety?
> Bullying - both upfront and online?
> Budgeting and financial skills?
Are these not the skills that our young people need in addition (and just as importantly) to a solid academic education??
Let them go back to structured learning in Year 10 for a solid lead up to VCE or what ever other qual'n they choose to pursue, but while we can still legally insist they attend school, let's get those true life lessons in place.
Happy to discuss further, or clarify if not clear.
ph: 0448 497 820Beth Laister Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 9:17 PM
Once again the revenue raisers will blame speed, they should be held responsible for ignoring poor driver training as the reason behind road deaths. If speed was the cause then the road toll would not be increasing considering the growing number of speed cameras.Dr Ablett Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 4:51 PM
Neil, regarding your call out as to what we can do to help keep our kids alive. It appears that education is the main objective not being met.
The recent Herald Sun Survey told us this. Its disapointing some secondary schools only offer the Vic Roads keys program - which tells kids the "rules". Only a handful of schools are using the Traffic Safe program - which includes education on rules, plus importance of driver attitude, plus an in-school driver simulator car which is customised to Aussie conditions.
The whole class recieves a 60 min presentation on driving safety, attitude etc. A qualified driving instructor stays with each student and gives them advise and tips. At the end of their 20 min session, he gives them a printed report. More info on their website: http://www.trafficsafe.com.au/school-programs. Happy to discuss with you if you want more info / benefits.
Our schools prepare and educate students for life by giving them the best possible education. Why does this not include driving?
What parent [or school] wouldnâ??t invest $35 to have their child given expert driver training and potentially avoid an accident/injury?
Its time schools educated proactively.
DeanDean Parker Thursday 8 November, 2012 - 4:02 PM